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Directed by John Brahm • 1945 • United States
Starring Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders
Following a string of murders coinciding with his blackouts, stressed-out composer George Harvey Bone (Laird Cregar, in his final performance before his untimely death) heeds his doctor’s advice and takes a vacation, only to end up meeting and falling in love with music-hall singer Netta (Linda Darnell). Things go from bad to worse when the harried composer begins to suspect that Netta’s affection is actually a ploy to serve her own career. John Brahm’s stylish direction and Bernard Herrmann’s virtuosic score enhance the expressionistic intensity of this atmospheric period noir.