A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.
Nick Smith, the middle-aged proprietor of a roadside restaurant, hires drifter Frank Chambers as a handyman. Frank eventually begins an affair with Nick's beautiful wife Cora, who talks Frank into helping her kill Nick, by "accident." But the best laid plans......Written by
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James M. Cain was so impressed with Lana Turner's performance he presented her with a leather-bound copy of the book inscribed, "For my dear Lana, thank you for giving a performance that was even finer than I expected." See more »
Nick arrives drunk at home with no cigarette at all. When he appears indoors he has a lit cigarette in his mouth. See more »
[Arthur Keats enters, closes the door]
If it's the last thing I do, I'll put you out of business. There must be a law, even for lawyers.
Of course you know the district attorney fooled you into that confession, don't you? And you fell for it, both of you.
He planned to get you working against each other. Don't you see?
You bet I see.
[turning to Frank]
So when Sackett couldn't get anything out of me, he started in on you, and right away you turned yellow.
Yellow? Yellow is a color ...
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Lana Turner and John Garfield generate sparks in this excellent crime thriller. Turner plays Cora Smith, a restless young waitress married to a much-older man who runs the roadside diner. Garfield plays Frank Chambers, a drifter who turns up at the diner and is captivated by Cora. Cecil Kellaway is great as Cora's naive husband Nick, whose main concern is the diner. The fact that it is filmed in black and white helps create the suspenseful atmosphere and highlight Cora's striking cream outfits. This is far superior to the 1981 remake, for although it was made under a strict production code, it smolders with desire and tension and is an unforgettable classic.
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