Directed by Tay Garnett • 1946 • United States
Starring Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway
Lana Turner and John Garfield set the screen ablaze with their smoldering chemistry in this erotically charged noir classic based on the novel by James M. Cain. Down-and-out drifter Frank Chambers (Garfield) wanders into the roadside diner owned by Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway)—and immediately falls for Smith’s young wife, Cora (Turner). An adulterous affair and a desire for money soon drive Frank and Cora to formulate a deadly plot that only begets more complications for the desperate lovers.