Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1947. RKO Radio Pictures. Screenplay by based on his novel Build My Gallows High. Cinematography by Produced by Warren Duff. Music by Roy Webb. Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey. Costume Design by Edward Stevenson. Film Editing by Samuel E. Beetley.
Stellar film noir features a terrific lead performance by as a former hood who has reformed and is now living in a small town and romancing a beautiful young woman ( ). When Mitchum’s past catches up with him, Huston isn’t afraid to find out the truth, following him to his meeting with a former crime boss () with whom he has unfinished business regarding stolen money and a femme fatale ( ). Plenty of murky locales, clever plot twists and seedy personalities, all beautifully photographed and twisted to a perfect fever pitch of genre indulgence.