G.I. Nick Blake, a never charged con man in his pre-military life, has just received an honorable discharge from the army on medical reasons. Rather than return to his old life, he plans to settle down in New York, his hometown, with his girlfriend Toni Blackburn and the small cache of money he amassed prior to the war: $50,000. When that plan does not pan out, he decides to head to Los Angeles with his con man friend Al Doyle and live it up until he decides on a more permanent course for his life. He is informed by Pop Gruber, an aging mentor doing solely penny-ante street cons now in L.A., of a potential big mark. Doc Ganson, a former con associate, found the mark, lonely widow Gladys Halvorsen worth $2 million, but does not have either the bankroll or the charms to carry out the con on Gladys himself. With Al running interference for him, Nick agrees both to bankroll and carry out the con, he negotiating two-thirds of the take for himself, leaving Doc and his two associates a ...
I killed a man for this kiss so you better make it good !
Did You Know?
This film had a long genesis. An article in the 6 August 1941 edition of The Hollywood Reporter announced Humphrey Bogart
and Ann Sheridan
were to star in the picture. An article in the 25 November 1941 edition of the Los Angeles Examiner Burnett wrote his novel with Bogart in mind. See more
The amount of foam and beer in Pop's mug as Doc tries to get information on Nick from him at the dive bar. See more
This was the view from my window in the Army hospital on Governor's Island.
Referenced in The Likes of Louise
Don't Fence Me In
Music by Cole Porter
Played on the juke box in the bar See more