Looks like the film that might have inspired Hugo Hass to make one like it twice a year in the early fifties. Connie (June Lang) is all smitten with lighthouse keeper Sam Wells (Don Castle), but he brushes her off and she ups and marries his fellow-lighthouse keeper Hank Armitage (John Litel) out of spite. All three live together in the close confines of the lighthouse and jealously and recrimination rise nearly as high inside as the pounding surf and howling winds outside. It also begins to look like an Edgar G. Ulmer) film, if it wasn't so semi-rational. Sam is pleased with the situation that appears to him to promise action with no responsibilities. But Connie, in addition to rebuffing Sam's unwanted passes, is actually falling in love with ol' Hank. Trouble is brewing. Written by
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This PRC quickie stars John Litel, Don Castle, June Lang and Marion Martin.
Litel is in charge of a small harbour lighthouse with Castle as his assistant. It is a somewhat dull life that is only broken by the twice a month weekend visits to town. Castle, a womanizing cad, is seeing June Lang at the moment. He is having a great time while stringing her along with promises of marriage.
Lang pushes the marriage angle so Castle just stays away. After a month or two goes by Lang takes a boat out to the lighthouse. She wants to know one way or the other what gives. She meets Litel who informs her that Castle is in town seeing his wife. "His wife!" Lang has been played and she knows it.
She invites Litel to stop by and see her next time he is in town. Litel does and soon falls for Lang. Lang is just plotting a bit of payback on Castle. Litel and Lang have a quick courtship and then get married. The pair take up residence on the island. Castle is of course surprised by the appearance of his former dolly.
Both Castle and Lang play it cool and pretend not to know each other. He tells Lang that the reason he had stopped seeing her was that he was getting a divorce. Once that was final he had intended to marry her. Has Lang made a mistake? Does Castle really love her? Of course not, the so called wife turns out to be a bar room pick up. Lang, who has started to have real feelings for Litel, tells Castle to drop dead.
It does not take long before Castle starts making moves on Lang. Now that he can't have her, Lang becomes all the more desirable. He arranges a little accident for Litel. It is just a matter of luck that Litel ends up in the hospital and not the morgue. A broken leg and such require several weeks of bed rest before Litel and Lang can return to the lighthouse.
When they do, Lang tells Castle to pack his bags and leave the island. She does love Litel and wants nothing more to do with Castle. Castle does not take this well and goes after Litel with a large wrench. There is a knock down drag out with Litel doing a decent job of defending himself. Just as Castle gets the upper hand, Lang pulls a large pistol and waves it at Castle. Castle is tossed off the island and Lang comes clean with Litel about her past. Litel and Lang embrace. THE END
Though this is more of a melodrama than a noir, it is IMO well worth a look. I must admit to a real fondness for these bottom of the barrel specials. The acting is fine with Litel turning in a solid performance. Lang and Castle are equally up to the task.
Litel was in THE CRIMSON CANARY. THE MADONNA'S SECRET, SMOOTH AS SILK, THE GUILTY, KEY LARGO, PITFALL, TWO DOLLAR BETTOR, WOMAN IN HIDING, DOUBLE JEOPARDY, KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE. Castle had roles in THE GUILTY, THE INVISIBLE WALL, I WOULDN'T BE IN YOUR SHOES, ROSES ARE RED and the under rated, HIGH TIDE.
The director was German Frank Wisbar. His American films had titles like STRANGLER OF THE SWAMP and THE DEVIL BAT'S DAUGHTER. He did however make several good WW2 films about wartime Germany. These are, SHARKS AND LITTLE FISH and STALINGRAD: DOGS, DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER. The d of p was Walter Strenge. His work included, MILLION DOLLAR PURSUIT, SECRETS OF MONTE CARLO, HIT AND RUN and CRY TERROR.
The writing staff was R.B. Churchill and Don Martin. Martin was involved in HOT CARS, THE VIOLENT ROAD, THE DEADLIEST SIN, SHED NO TEARS, SHAKEDOWN, DESTINATION MURDER and THE PRETENDER.
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