Definitive '40's Ladd/Lake noir, based on Dashiell Hammett book of the same name. Fairly formulaic detective/political drama for the times, said to be the inspiration behind not only Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' (1961) but also for the Cohen Brothers' 'Miller's Crossing' (1990). Local politician Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy) built his little empire by turning a blind eye and granting favors to low class criminals like Nick Varna (Joseph Calleia), but decides to back the anti-mob reform candidate, Ralph Henry, in the governor's race after he gets a look at Henry's daughter Janet (Lake). Things turn ugly when Madvig tries to stop his baby sister (Bonita Granville) from dating Janet's brother Taylor (Richard Denning), a young man with no future and a ton of gambling debts. When Taylor is found murdered, it's up to Madvig's hired muscle Ed Beaumont (Ladd) to prove Madvig's innocence before Varna and his newspaper friends railroad Madvig into the big house as payback for all the trouble he's causing them. Ladd and Lake, incidentally, end up together, if it needs saying!
Terribly wooden performances by both Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. A pity, as it's a great sory by Dashiell Hammett. Enough to warrant a view though.Published 1 month ago by M.Wright
This story takes place in the political world of re-election and it’s full of complications as to who is allying themselves to whom. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alex da Silva
This film again featerd Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake they were only in a few films together he went on to star in lots of other films but sadly she wasn't so lucky ,she was... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shirley Steadman
This 1942 "film noir" is a very good thing, mixing gangsters, politicians, a whodunnit and one of "swellest dames" in all history of cinema. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Maciej
Alan Ladd in second version of Dashiel Hammett story. Not really a Film Noir but the cast is well rehearsed especially William Bendix as the crazy. Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2013 by FGW1OLDGUY
Great service, lovely old film at a resonable price. Arrived on time and I cannot think of anything else to say to use up the words.Published on 12 Aug. 2013 by Mrs. Julie Smaldon