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When he's discharged from a military hospital, ex-GI Bob Corey (Gordon MacRae) goes on a search for his army buddy Steve Connolly (Edmond O'Brien). A reformed crook, Connolly is on the lam from a trumped-up murder rap, and Corey hopes to clear his pal. Tagging along is Army nurse Julie Benson (Virginia Mayo), who has fallen for Corey. The rest of the film emulates the 1946 noir exercise Virginia Mayo, with Julie and Corey interviewing various people with whom Connolly has come in contact. One of those people, of course, is the actual killer, who now adds the GI and the nurse to the "hit list." Warner Bros. used Virginia Mayo to test the dramatic potential of singing star Gordon MacRae, who passes that test with flying colors. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Virginia Mayo
as Julie Benson
Gordon MacRae
as Bob Corey
Edmond O'Brien
as Steve Connolly
Dane Clark
as Ben Arno
Viveca Lindfors
as Lysa Randolph
Richard Rober
as Solly Blayne
Monte Blue
as Detective Sgt. Pluther
Ida Moore
as Sybil
Leonard Strong
as Quong
John Ridgely
as Plainclothesman


Vincent Sherman
Anthony Veiller
Carl Guthrie
Ray Heindorf
Composer (Music Score)
Ray Heindorf
Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniele Amfitheatrof
Composer (Music Score)
Anton Grot
Art Director
Milo Anderson
Costume Designer
Perc Westmore
Ed Voight