This neat, fast-paced perfectly cast film noir reflects the hard-boiled, grim wit of the author of its screenplay, Raymond Chandler. Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd) returns from the war to find his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) having a party and in the arms of another man. Johnny and Helen have a terrible fight, and later Helen is found dead. Johnny must prove his innocence and he enlists the aid of Joyce Haywood (Veronica Lake), the ex-wife of Helen's lover. Pursued by the cops, and never sure if he is being set-up for the murder, Johnny finally solves the murder and clears his name. Alan Ladd is at his hard-boiled, no-nonsense best as Johnny and Veronica Lake is, as always, the perfect noir femme-fatale, mysterious and alluring. Nicely directed by George Marshall, the film moves with great pace to an exciting, satisfying conclusion. The screenplay, the only one written by Chandler directly for the screen, was nominated for an Academy Award.~Linda Rasmussen
Alan LaddJohnny Morrison
Veronica LakeJoyce Harwood
William BendixBuzz Wanchek
Howard Da SilvaEddie Harwood
Doris DowlingHelen Morrison
Tom PowersCapt. Hendrickson
Hugh BeaumontGeorge Copeland
Will WrightDad Newell
Frank FaylenThe Man
Walter SandeHeath, Gangster
Henry VroomMaster Sergeant
Mae BuschJenny the maid
Gloria WilliamsAssistant Maid
George BartonCab Driver
Jack GarganCab Driver
Harry HaydenMr. Hughes, the Assistant Hotel Manager
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Suspenseful Murder Mystery
Suspenseful murder mystery. Black and White Classic with Veronica Lake at her best.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Good Movie, overpriced w no features
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Excellent film noir. Lacks features like a cartoon, movietone news, previews that usually accompany classic movies. Not a high quality print. Belongs in the under $5.00 bin
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
GREAT OLD MOVIE
GREAT OLD MOVIE. LOVE THE CLASSICS. THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USE TO.