The ambitious Stanton "Stan" Carlisle works in a sideshow as carny and assistant of the mentalist Zeena Krumbein, who is married with the alcoholic Pete. The couple had developed a secret ... See full summary »
A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.
Romantic, obsessive Steve Thompson is drawn back to L.A. to make another try for Anna, his former wife. However, Anna belongs now to the L.A. underworld. Steve believes he can rescue her, ignoring the advice and warnings of people who would try to save him. He commits himself to a dangerous course of action that quickly takes everyone somewhere unintended. Written by
"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 10, 1949 with Burt Lancaster reprising his film role. See more »
In the hospital room, in the mirror off Stephen McNally's right shoulder, someone is moving about. Also, when the camera cuts back to him, he is positioned to permit the entire mirror to be visible. See more »
There are three things that stand out as being particularly good about this film - a superb Miklos Rosza score, great black and white photography, and an excellent supporting performance by Percy Helton as a knowledgeable bartender. Other than these aspects though, there is little else to make the film worth watching. It is too slowly paced, and has a dull plot in which a heist plan is meshed in with relationship drama. It is also rather nasty at times, and the flashback narration feels like a forced way of explaining events. Even so, there are still some well done sequences and a number of exciting moments in the final third of the film, which help bring it up to scratch. Overall, it is a pretty typical noir thriller - but with some interesting elements.
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