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.
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A guy without a fortune! A girl with too much past!
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Did You Know?
and Jane Greer
were teamed again for the RKO noir film The Big Steal
(1949). While at first glance it might seem like a natural follow-up to the success of this film, Mitchum and Greer were paired up again only after very trying circumstances. Originally Lizabeth Scott
, on loan from Paramount and Hal B. Wallis
, was to star opposite Mitchum in the film, which had been set to start production in October of 1948. On August 31, however, Mitchum was arrested in Los Angeles on marijuana possession charges. Howard Hughes
had acquired RKO just a month prior and decided to rush production and start shooting The Big Steal
(1949) as soon as Mitchum was out on bail. Then Scott dropped out of the film, so Greer was brought in only at the last minute. Later, production on the film was halted for two months as Mitchum served his sentence. Daniel Mainwaring
worked on the script for the film, which was directed by Don Siegel
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When Jeff looks at Ann as she drives away from Whit's place he is standing at an angle perpendicular to the gate, but on the next cut he now has his back to the gate. See more
Well, you told me about your business. Mine is a little more precarious and I earn considerably more.
So I've heard.
So has the government.
Well, this may sound ridiculous, but you could pay 'em.
Oh, that would be against my nature.
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The First Time I Saw You
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
From The Toast of New York (1937)
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