Underrated cast provides nice drama.
One sided love affair, blackmail and murder. Director Roy William Neil
serves up mild tempered Film-Nior that provides an unexpected twist. An
experienced cast makes the movie work. A beautiful
blackmailer(Constance Dowling) is killed and the wife(June Vincent)of
the man(John Phillips) convicted of the murder sets out to prove his
innocence with the aid of the victim's ex-husband(Dan Duryea).
Broderick Crawford plays Captain Flood, who is really not totally
concerned either way in innocence or guilt, because his squad is three
months behind solving cases.
Also in the cast are: Wallace Ford, Marion Martin, Ben Bard and an
under used Peter Lorre..
Minor Noir classic is a treat.
Don't miss this great Universal film noir mystery! Excellent cast brings
life a gritty story of neer-do-well songwriter, the murder of a dispicable
sexy blackmailer, and the death sentence of seemingly the wrong man. Throw
in wise guy police inspector Broderick Crawford, sinister nightclub owner
Peter Lorre (in a fascinating role reversal from "Casablanca"--this time
is the club owner)Peter Lorre is ALWAYS a treat!!
What a shame Dan Duryea didn't do more pictures! He's very effective in
role. The beautiful love interest June Vincent is another who should have
made more pictures--she's very sweet and believeable.
This is another example of the Film Noir genre which was so popular in the
40s and early 50s--gorgeous photography, mood and plot