Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed...
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A guy without a fortune! A girl with too much past!
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Did You Know?
read the script and, seeing the similarities between this and The Maltese Falcon
(1941), wanted to play Jeff. However, Warner Bros. didn't buy the material and RKO produced this movie. See more
When Jeff visits Leonard Eels' office building, there are clearly five names on the directory under 'E' in the long shot, but just two in the POV shot that follows immediately. See more
Now, do you wanna talk business, or do you wanna play house...?
Referenced in Moonlight: Out of the Past
The First Time I Saw You
from 'The Toast of New York' (1937)
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
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