(out of 5)
Routine Dashiell Hammett murder mystery has Alan Ladd up to his usual business as a bodyguard to an important politician (Brian Donlevy) accused of murder. Where would film noir be without the double-crossing blonde? Nowhere! Don’t worry, Veronica Lake is here too, and she’s lovely. It’s a solid movie, but nothing feels fresh or original.
Directed by Stuart Heisler
Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl
Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon
Film Editing by Hugh Bennett