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When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

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In California, the gorgeous housewife Susan Gilvray glances at a prowler outside her house in a wasteland and she calls the police. Officer Webb Garwood and his partner attend the call and do not find anyone. Later Webb returns to her house with the pretext of checking if everything is OK with Susan and she invites him to drink a coffee with her. Soon he learns that Susan is married with John Gilvray, a middle age broadcaster of a late night radio show. Further, they discover that they are from the same homeland. Webb hits on Susan and soon they have a love affair. But when John suspects of Susan, their relationship comes to an end. Webb plots a scheme to get rid off John and he kills John simulating an accident. Webb goes on trial and is considered not-guilty for the murder of John. Webb quits the police and manipulates John's brother to get close to Susan again. He learns that John could not have children and their marriage was not perfect. Webb meets Susan and convinces her that he... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Producer John Huston was, at the time, married to lead actress Evelyn Keyes. The picture was originally conceived as a star vehicle for her. See more »

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Webb tells Susan the birth of their baby will increase the ghost town's population by 33%. The birth will increase the population by 50%. See more »

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No Happy Endings
13 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not widely seen for years, this newly restored Film-Noir has not disappointed Fans and is now considered a strong entry in the Genre. Mostly due to some effectively heavy indictments about Capitalism and Class envy. There is also included an out of wedlock pregnancy that is not just hinted at but is dead central to the plot . Add on top of that we have the Peeping Tom perversion that opens things up and things are not like a normal night at the Cinema.

It has strong, deeply flawed Characters caught in their own web of Adultery, Greed, and Lust. In some Film-Noirs there is a try to escape the confines of the City as the fated Couple makes way for wide open spaces and even though there is an attempt here to avoid persecution and prosecution, they still end up in a cave-like mining shaft that certainly will allow no breathing room.

This may not be as stylish as some Noirs but it makes up for it with a bleak Sociological tone and a sombre, desperate Couple. The tension never lets up and there are only very brief moments of reprieve. The Newlyweds obviously have no future, just like the Director (Losey) and Screenwriter (Trumbo) who were either Blacklisted at the time or soon to be. This is Art imitating Life, because there were few happy endings in the HUAC Witch Hunt.


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