In San Francisco, the successful self-made businessman Walter Williams has just bought three factories in Denver with the approval of the board of directors. His beloved wife Irene tells him that she is not feeling well to travel with him, and asks Walter to give a lift to her cousin Jim Torrance. On the highway, Jim, who is actually Irene's lover, tries to kill Walter hitting his head and throwing him in a cliff, and has a fatal accident while escaping driving Walters's car.
Walter is considered dead and later his wife is sent to jail accused of plotting his murder. Meanwhile, the wounded Walter sleeps in a moving van and awakes in Larkspur, a small town in Idaho. He is hired as a mechanic in a gas station by the owner, Marsha Peters. For three months, Walter reads the news, expecting revenge with Irene sentenced to death, and he and Marsha fall in love for each other. When Walter discloses the truth to Marsha, she convinces him to return to San Francisco and save his unfaithful wife....
The situation changes when Irene accuses him of plotting to kill her lover Jim, and Walter has to prove his innocence.
Running Time: 111 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: Unrated
Ella Raines (1921-88) was a cool, green-eyed brunette (with auburn highlights) who twice made the cover of "Life" magazine when she starred in two forties noir films for Universal, "Phantom Lady" and "Criss Cross." Two years before her 1943 film debut, a stove exploded in her face, fortunately resulting in just temporary damage to her hair and eyebrows. (The experience later added to the realism of her performance when she played a woman whose face had been scarred in "The Second Face.") Raines' career started out strong and she always gave good performances, but her films declined in quality and importance during her five-year contract.
Enjoyable B-film crime drama helmed by the limited Arthur Lubin ("Francis","Mr. Ed","Phantom of the Opera"). If in the hands of a more exciting director this could have been top-grade film noir and would not have been shot in such a flat style. What makes it appealing is the superb supporting cast, led by a wily performance from the great Charles Coburn. It's based on a story by Jay Dratler and is written by him and Dorothy Reid.(DENNIS SCHWARTZ)
Brian Donlevy ... Walter Williams
Ella Raines ... Marsha Peters
Charles Coburn ... Lt. Tom Quincy
Helen Walker ... Irene Williams
Anna May Wong ... Su Lin Chung
Robert Warwick ... Capt. Callahan
Clarence Kolb ... Darcy
Art Baker ... Eldredge - Defense Attorney
William Wright ... Prosecutor
Mae Marsh ... Mrs. King
Sheilah Graham ... Sheila Graham
Tony Barrett ... Jim Torrence
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