A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.
A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.
Since he was a child, Bart Tare has always loved guns. After leaving the army, his friends take him to a carnival, where he meets the perfect girl; Annie, a sharp-shooting sideshow performer who loves guns as much as he. The 2 run off and marry, but Annie isn't happy with their financial situation, so at her behest the couple begins a cross-country string of daring robberies. Never one to use guns for killing, Bart's dragged down into oblivion by the greedy and violent nature of the woman he loves.Written by
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Although Bart and Laurie are loosely based on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the scene in which they hold up the factory appears to have been inspired by a holdup at the Nashville, Arkansas, Coca-Cola factory in 1938 by two men, Floyd Hamilton and Huron "Terrible Ted" Walters. Hamilton was a former associate of Bonnie and Clyde's. See more »
[Incorrectly labeled a goof.] Anyone who has done even a little mountain hiking knows that alpine marshes and swamps are quite common, especially in California.. All it takes is a shallow depression that fills seasonally with snow melt. Many (not all) alpine lakes have adjacent marshy areas. There is no suggestion in the film that the "protagonists" are at an altitude sufficient for permanent snow cover. Consequently, movement into a marshy area for the final scene is not a goof in any sense. See more »
We go together, Annie. I don't know why. Maybe like guns and ammunition go together.
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I had heard a lot about this when I first discovered "film noir," and I was not disappointed. It was very entertaining. I still enjoy watching this periodically, even after a half-dozen viewings.
John Dall and Peggy Cummins make one of the more interesting male-female pairings I've ever seen on film. Cummins is one of the prettiest women I've seen from the noir era and fascinating to view throughout this movie. I'm sorry her other films aren't on video. She didn't do many movies in the U.S.
The character Dall plays is good, too, although in the end his constant whining over the predicament he got into gets a little annoying. He plays the nice guy who is led astray by the bad woman. Yes, another classic example of the old Rabbinic saying that "a bad woman will always drag down a good man."
Innovative camera-work also make this fun to watch. At just under an hour-and- a-half, this is a fast-moving, always-entertaining film noir that lives up to its hype.
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