Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, ... See full summary »
In flashback, New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts hitchhikes to Hollywood to join his girl Sue. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he's riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man's identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, Roberts' every move plunges him deeper into trouble...Written by
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Haskell's rare 1941 Lincoln Continental convertible is one of only 400 made that model year. It sold for $2,865 ($47,100 in 2016). In excellent condition it could easily fetch more than $70,000 or more at auction in 2016. In 2013 one sold for a record $209,000. See more »
During the hitchhiking montage, a truck stops for Al and he enters through the driver's side door. See more »
I'm gonna see that you sell this car so you don't get caught.
Thanks! Of course, your interest wouldn't be financial, would it? You wouldn't want a small percentage of the profits?
Well, now that you insist, how can I refuse? 100% will do!
Fine! I'm relieved! I thought for a moment you were gonna take it all!
I don't wanna be a hog!
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Al Roberts (Tom Neal) is a depressed NYC piano player whose girlfriend leaves him to try her luck in CA. He follows her by hitchhiking his way. He's picked up by a man who (inexplicably) dies while Al is driving. Naturally Al does everything wrong...like dumping the body and then picking up Vera (Ann Savage) a totally amoral woman. Then things barrel horribly out of control.
You can quibble about plot points (a certain death is highly implausible) but this IS a masterpiece of the genre. It's one of the grimmest film noirs of its time. It was made by a poverty row studio (PRC) on no budget. Actually the lack of budget helps the story--everything appears dark and grim fitting the tone of the story. Also they had an excellent director (Edgar G. Ulmer) and a great script by Martin Goldsmith. Also Neal was very good as Roberts and Savage is exceptional as Vera (there's a scene where she explodes at Roberts in a car which is truly scary). It's also all wrapped up in a tight economical 69 minutes. This has deservedly been a cult movie for many years.
Good luck finding a clear print with good sound.
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