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?
told Roger Ebert
he smoked so much, that when the camera was rolling on this film and Kirk Douglas
offered him a pack and asked, "Cigarette?", Mitchum, realizing he'd carried a cigarette into the scene, held up his fingers and replied, "I'm smoking." His improvisation saved the take, and they kept it in the movie. See more
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.
Featured in The Forgotten: Living Doe
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