Directed by Otto Preminger • 1945 • United States
Starring Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell
A shady Dana Andrews is caught between pure-hearted Alice Faye and a memorably dissolute Linda Darnell in this fatalistic journey into the dark underbelly of small-town America, which reunited the noir dream team of director Otto Preminger and cinematographer Joseph LaShelle following their hit LAURA. June Mills (Faye) and her upstanding sister Clara (Anne Revere) live a quiet life in a small coastal town until Eric Stanton (Andrews), a smooth-talking con man, comes into their lives. He seems to fall for June, but Clara believes he’s only interested in the family fortune. Meanwhile, sultry waitress Stella (Darnell) thinks he might be her ticket out of town. Their tangled relationships draw even tighter after a shocking murder.