Directed by Byron Haskin • 1949 • United States
Starring Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea
When a pair of noir greats like Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea collide, sparks are sure to fly. In a mysterious twist of fate, Jane Palmer (Scott) and her husband, Alan (Arthur Kennedy), find $60,000 dropped into their laps. While Alan wants to turn the money over to the police, Jane, in a materialistic rapture, refuses to let it go. She doesn’t care where it came from, or what danger might ensue—not if it will bring her the luxury she craves. Enter shady Danny Fuller (Duryea, as cocky and menacing as ever), who claims that the money belongs to him. Roy Huggins’s snappy script (adapted from his novel) is a complex, breezy, and black-hearted homage to James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler, while Jane Palmer is one of the juiciest female villains in Hollywood history and noir siren Scott’s finest on-screen hour.