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 <email@example.com>
A guy without a fortune! A girl with too much past!
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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, "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
If you'll drop this Junior League patter we may get the conversation down where it belongs.
You worried about something?
I don't know. Should I be?
Not if you do what you're told.
That's why I'm here. I do what I'm told. People trust me. Whit even trusts me twice. Do you?
Just as far as I have to.
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