Scott, a troubled Coast Guardsman assigned to a fog-bound station on a remote stretch of beach, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress when he survives a mine explosion that sinks his ship. Although he is engaged to a beautiful young woman who loves him, he becomes involved with an enigmatic femme fatale whom he meets near the beached wreckage of a torpedoed ship. She is married to a renowned painter who was blinded in a traumatic, but mysterious incident, details of which are very hazy. Although they only live in a small cottage, the couple have an ambivalent relationship especially in regards to his priceless cache of unsold paintings, a relationship that evolves into a romantic triangle as Scott falls under her seductive spell.
Men loved her... At their own Risk!
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Did You Know?
According to contemporary articles in The Hollywood Reporter, previews were so bad that RKO brought in another screenwriter and demanded director Jean Renoir
re-shoot about half the picture, which he did in December 1946, nine months after the production has initially wrapped. See more
When Robert Ryan's character rides up to the shipwreck on the beach, his foul weather jacket has a US Navy emblem on the left breast. He's in the Coast Guard, not the Navy. After he dismounts, the emblem is gone. See more
[to Scott, who's clutching a dead man's life jacket he has found
If you're so afraid about ghosts, Lieutenant, what about that jacket you're holding?
During the opening credits, the waves wash away one set of names before the next set is displayed. See more