Rip Murdock and Johnny Darke are en route to Washington when Johnny disappears and then turns up dead. Rip learns that Johnny had been accused of murder and sets out to find out what he can. He falls in love with Coral whose husband Johnny is supposed to have killed.Written by
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Right at the end, when Bogart's character is comforting the dying Mike (Dusty Chandler), explaining what death is like, the film cuts to paratroopers jumping from an aircraft. With the very last sequence depicting a roman candle as seen from above, when the parachute collapses in on itself taking the parachutist to certain death. This portrays a certain irony as she pictures herself falling to earth could be seen as the decent into hell for her evil doings. Bogart's character guiding her to her death maybe expressing his own fear of death as a paratrooper. See more »
After Murdoch tells his story to the priest, he leaves the church, and as the priest looks at the open door the rain starts up, haltingly, the obvious product of a garden hose. See more »
Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock:
[coming to from a drugged stupor]
Coming out of it was like after being tapped on the button. Everything foggy - fur in my throat, an anchor on my head, and ringing in my ears.
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One of Bogart's best, a brutal Film Noir with a surprising ending, & filled with sharp, witty dialog. Lizabeth has never looked more beautiful than here, & although her acting ability is overmatched by Bogart, she would improve in her later films & she's adequate in this role. There's glimpses of the basic "Maltese Falcon" plot here: Bogey searches out & seeks revenge for his partner, even some of the dialog is similar in that respect. If you like Bogart or if you like Film Noir, you can't go wrong with this one! And by the way, this is a REAL Film Noir, not in the newer use of this phrase (recently, people have been calling any B&W crime drama made in the 1940s a "Film Noir"). This film has all the classic Film Noir elements: lots of shadows & stark contrasts (in the beginning, Bogart speaks from shadows so dark that one can hardly see his face), a spoken narrative, a "hero" who works outside the law, a murder mystery, & a heroine who may not be a heroine.
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