An ex-cop who is now a private detective is hired by a woman to be the go-between in retrieving an important envelope from her partner. The detective has the partner come to his apartment ...
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An ex-cop who is now a private detective is hired by a woman to be the go-between in retrieving an important envelope from her partner. The detective has the partner come to his apartment to give him the envelope, but someone sneaks into his apartment and strangles her while the detective is in another room. Fearful that the police will suspect him of the murder, he brings the woman's body back to her own apartment, but the police find out and suspect him of the murder anyway. He must find out who is framing him for the murder and why, before the police catch him. Written by
"The Spider" (1945) is a b-noir, not at the top of that heap by any means, but watchable. The IMDb rating of 6.2 is about right. I like this movie for several reasons. It's dark. It's set in New Orleans. It stars Richard Conte as a detective. The story is complex. After seeing it several times, it remains opaque in some respects. Conte has a complex relationship with the girl (Faye Marlowe) who hires him. One minute he's mad at her and slapping her around; the next minute he's smiles. Ann Savage puts in a few minutes. I like the support of Martin Kosleck and Kurt Kreuger. I like Mantan Moreland too, and his comic relief is not irritating. I like that Conte gets in real hot water, the seeming perpetrator of two homicides. The shadowy murderer is something quite like what would appear in giallos 30 years later in Italy. I do not like the story compression; we do not see Conte break out of jail. It's short and it has a noir feeling because Conte is in a "dark corner", and that would be a later far more elaborate and polished noir from this studio, and Kurt Kreuger would appear in that one too ("The Dark Corner" (1946)).
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