A Los Angeles socialite kills a man while home alone one night and claims he was an intruder she did not know. It seems like a clear case of self defense until the story hits the papers and people connected to the dead man come forward.
Gangster Frank Olins is to die in the gas chamber much to the dismay of his girlfriend Margot Shelby as he is carrying the secret of the location of $400,000 with him. Margot seduces gangster Jim Vincent to get him to engineer the removal of Olins' body from the prison immediately after he dies in the gas chamber. She takes prison doctor Craig away from his nurse/girl friend and gets him to administer an antidote for cyanide gas poisoning. During the removal of Olins' body, the hearse driver is killed by Tommy. The revived Olins gives Margot half of a map showing the money location and Vincent, in a fit of jealousy, kills Olins and takes the other half. Because the doctor's plates on his car will get them through the police roadblocks, Vincent and Margot take him with them on the money hunt.Written by
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Director Jack Bernhard met wife, actress Jean Gillie, in England, where he was stationed during WWII. He intended this film as a vehicle to showcase her to American audiences, but they divorced a short while later, and she returned to England, ever to film again. While filming Decoy (May 1946), she also worked on her one and only other USA film , The Macomber Affair (in production April-June 1946). She was more or less forgotten by the time of her early death back in England, at age 33, allegedly as victim of pneumonia. See more »
When Dr. Craig, Margot, and Jim are stopped police road block on a lonely dark road, and they leave a cut back to the inside of the car, it reveals through the back window they are still in the well lit city, with no road block behind them. See more »
A bit far fetched and a little wooden in places this is nevertheless such an excellent story that it is simply irresistible. Stunning performance from Jean Gillie as the femme fatale, par excellence, with no less than all four of the leading men in awe. Apparently we get to see little else from this enigmatic lady because she marries the director, divorces shortly after the film's release and dies within 3 years. Shame because such promise here with a really solid and uncompromising turn. A really focused lady, she doesn't even blink as others die around her and movie's false and real endings are priceless. Great entertainment all the way.
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