John Forbes is a family man who's jaded with his life, routine and job as an insurance adjuster. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon femme fatale Mona Stevens whose boyfriend has embezzled from a store insured by Forbes' company and showered her with gifts. Forbes finds Mona through MacDonald, a private detective, who freelances for the insurance company. Forbes goes to collect the ill-gotten gifts with the boyfriend in jail and Forbes falls hard for Mona and begins an affair. The problem is that MacDonald has had his eyes on Mona first and is obsessed with her. MacDonald decides to use the soon-to-be-released boyfriend to deal with Forbes and clear the field for himself.Written by
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John's personal car is a 1947 Ford Super Deluxe convertible coupe. This was the top-of-the-line model. Fully restored, this car could be worth $40-60,000 in 2016. See more »
Near the end of the film, Dick Powell wanders the sidewalks throughout much of the night and into the morning. When he goes to his office, he is is unshaven. Later that morning, when his wife picks him up from the police station, Powell appears clean shaven. See more »
Sordid proto-noir, like In a Lonely Place, but far better...
Do not read a synopsis of this film-- I am not writing one-- a lot of the effect is achieved through the surprising trajectory of the movie, which is an excellent proto-noir piece.
The performances are good, and never has Dick Powell been better. I think of this guy in terms of Busby Berkley musicals and the excellent Sturges comedy Christmas in July, but here he turns in a subtle and believable performance that is fresh and modern and far more REAL than many of his contemporaries. This is the kind of thing you'd expect from Bogart or Aldo Ray and I was impressed by his work and the daring piece overall.
It is amazing how much edgier mainstream Hollywood movie were once allowed to be--- nothing like this is coming out as a major release these days.
Striking and authentic.
(I saw a 35mm print of the movie at Anthology Film Archives, N.Y.)
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