Time: 100 mins.
Genre: Film Noir
SYNOPSIS: Rip Murdock and Johnny Drake are en route to Washington when Johnny disappears and then turns up dead. Rip learns that Johnny had been accused of murder and sets out to find out what he can. Dames and death turn up accordingly.
BOTTOM LINE: If you're a lover of Bogart then you'll probably enjoy this movie well enough. There's just no one like him. Here he plays his typical role of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, who falls for the wrong dame this time the deeply-voiced Lizabeth Scott and finds himself in between a rock and a hard place...or in this instance the cops and a crooked casino owner. It plays out like many of the other film noirs he made in the 40s except, for once, I didn't really give a damn. Maybe I've seen too many of his pictures to be enraptured by the inevitable shenanigans. Maybe it's because neither his supporting cast nor the story was up to snuff.
The plot is tired from the very beginning with nary a big surprise in sight. Everyone turns out to be exactly who you know them to be: Bogey's the outsider with a heart of gold; Lizabeth Scott is the dame with a dark past who makes men love her, much to their physical detriment; and Carnovsky, plays the evil club owner who's more crooked than the day is long. The plot is complicated enough to keep your interest going, but not unique enough to make it a true classic. What brings it down a peg is the lack of chemistry between Bogey and Scott. I just didn't believe she was a dame decent men would fight over. This film will fill your film noir fix, but not for very long.