Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1950. Jack M. Warner Productions, Phoenix Films. Story by Seton I. Miller, Screenplay by Seton I. Miller, Philip MacDonald. Cinematography by Russell Harlan. Produced by Jack Warner Jr.. Music by Louis Forbes. Production Design by Van Nest Polglase. Costume Design by Elois Jenssen. Film Editing by David Weisbart.
Lee J. Cobb stars in this highly entertaining B-level noir, as a cop who goes crooked over a shady dame. His hopes of going steady with his girlfriend (Jane Wyatt in a campy performance) travel northward when she shoots her husband point blank and enlists his help in hiding the body. Even luckier, Cobb is assigned to the murder case and is in a perfect position to make the whole thing go away except for one slight problem: his rookie partner, who is also his little brother (John Dall). Dall is thrilled to be on his first homicide case, even delaying his honeymoon to make sure to do a complete job in finding the killer, which causes no end of problems for the guilty parties. Despite uninspired direction and a few hammy performances, this one’s got a screenwriter who is really putting their back into their work, and for that reason alone it is memorable and incredibly fun. Film noir fans will love it.