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...
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A MAN - Trying to run away from his past... A WOMAN - Trying to escape her future!
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Did You Know?
Jane Greer reported that wardrobe department once dressed her and sent her to set in an outfit that was incomplete: the backside wasn't finished. The dressers knew only her frontside would be filmed in this particular scene, so they justified saving the time and expense of completing the outfit. Greer explained her acquiesence to this as something along the lines of "I was 22 years old. I was just happy to be in a movie. I wasn't going to complain." Mitchum, however, threw a rod. "This is the leading lady of the film! Take this dress and don't come back until it's finished, etc.", Greer recalls him saying. Ultimately the dress was finished before the scene was filmed. See more
When Jeff is at Whit's gate getting ready to go in, there are two large dark stains on the bottom left side of his coat. But later on, when he is at Eels' place the stains are now gone. See more
You're picture don't do you justice, baby.
Why don't you break his head, Jeff.
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Referenced in Sugar Plum
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