Fraudster Dan Duryea (Silky) heads an operation which includes John Payne (Rick) as his main player. They fleece the wealthy by convincing their targets to raise money for a false project and then disappear with the cash. Their newest mark is war widow Joan Caulfield (Deborah) and it is Payne's task to befriend her and gain her trust. So, off he goes - game on. Added into the mix, Duryea has a brash girlfriend - Shelley Winters (Tory) - who is having an affair with Payne and she is not shy in speaking her mind. Duryea is the jealous type so Payne had better watch himself on this front. All seems to be going well for Payne...
The main players in this film all give good performances. If you are familiar with the films of Miss Winters you may well guess something about her and you'd be correct. She delivers some great dialogue and is genuinely funny with it towards the end of the film. Payne should definitely have nothing to do with her.
The film keeps your attention and it is a great way to learn how to fleece the rich. There are some very good pointers and important rules of psychological engagement that are set out. After watching this, you may well feel rather accomplished in this field. But do you have the heart to carry out this type of mission? Unfortunately, I don't. And anyway, love conquers all and may well be your downfall. But if you don't have a heart....this film may prove educational.
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