Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed... Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A MAN - Trying to run away from his past... A WOMAN - Trying to escape her future!
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Did You Know?
One of the memorable lines of the film, "Baby, I don't care," was used by author Lee Server for his 2001 biography of Robert Mitchum
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When Jeff visits Leonard Eels' office building there are clearly five names on the directory under 'E' in the long shot, but just two in the POV shot that follows immediately. See more
Don't you see you've only me to make deals with now?
Build my gallows high, baby.
Referenced in The Lottery
The First Time I Saw You
from 'The Toast of New York' (1937)
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
Used as main theme in score See more