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Directed by Bruce Humberstone

United States 1941 82 mins.

In this lean, clinical tale of love gone sour, the motivations of a hard-boiled detective are put under the microscope. Ed Cornell (Laird Cregar) investigates Hollywood promoter Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature) for his role in the murder of up-and-coming starlet Vicky (Carole Landis), whom Frankie mentored before her death. Vicky’s sister Jill (Bette Grable), fond of Frankie, suspects Cornell after recognizing him as Vicky’s stalker. Cornell has something to hide—and it’s up to Frankie and Jill to reverse the tide of justice.

Genres: Film Noir, Noir

Appears in: A Little Noir

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