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?
Filming got off to a rocky start with a near-fatal plane accident at the Bridgeport (CA) airport landing field. The pilot, accompanied by Robert Mitchum
, a studio accountant, and an assistant to executive Warren Duff
, realized his brakes didn't work when they touched down, causing the plane to crash through a fence, over a ditch, and through an outhouse before coming to a stop. Although the two men in the back seat were knocked unconscious, Mitchum and the pilot were not hurt. Typical of Mitchum's nonchalant attitude, he quickly crawled out of the wreckage, dusted off his clothes and thumbed a ride into town to begin filming. See more
When Jeff is at Whit's gate getting ready to go in, there are two large dark stains on the bottom left side of his coat, but later on, when he is at Eels' place, the stains are now gone. See more
You know San Francisco, don't you?
Yeah, I was there once for a party.
And you got around?
Like the monkey and the weasel.
Also available in a computer colorized version. See more
Referenced in The Best of Film Noir
The First Time I Saw You
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
From The Toast of New York (1937)
Used as main theme in score See more