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This neat, fast-paced perfectly cast film noir reflects the hard-boiled, grim wit of the author of its screenplay, Raymond Chandler. Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd) returns from the war to find his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) having a party and in the arms of another man. Johnny and Helen have a terrible fight, and later Helen is found dead. Johnny must prove his innocence and he enlists the aid of Joyce Haywood (Veronica Lake), the ex-wife of Helen's lover. Pursued by the cops, and never sure if he is being set-up for the murder, Johnny finally solves the murder and clears his name. Alan Ladd is at his hard-boiled, no-nonsense best as Johnny and Veronica Lake is, as always, the perfect noir femme-fatale, mysterious and alluring. Nicely directed by George Marshall, the film moves with great pace to an exciting, satisfying conclusion. The screenplay, the only one written by Chandler directly for the screen, was nominated for an Academy Award. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Raymond Chandler Best Original Screenplay 1946 Nominee

Cast

Alan Ladd
as Johnny Morrison
Veronica Lake
as Joyce Harwood
William Bendix
as Buzz Wanchek
Howard Da Silva
as Eddie Harwood
Doris Dowling
as Helen Morrison
Tom Powers
as Capt. Hendrickson
Hugh Beaumont
as George Copeland
Howard Freeman
as Corelli
Don Costello
as Leo
Will Wright
as Dad Newell
Frank Faylen
as The Man
Walter Sande
as Heath, Gangster
Lucy Knoch
Paul Gustine
as Doorman
Henry Vroom
as Master Sergeant
Audrey Korn
Mae Busch
as Jenny the maid
Gloria Williams
as Assistant Maid
George Barton
as Cab Driver
Jack Gargan
as Cab Driver
Harry Hayden
as Mr. Hughes, the Assistant Hotel Manager
Harry Barris
as Bellhop
Roberta Jonay
as Girl Hotel Clerk
Milt Kibbee
as Night Hotel Clerk
Dick Winslow
as Piano Player at Party
Anthony Caruso
as Marine Corporal
Matt McHugh
as Bartender
Arthur Loft
as the Wolf
Harry Tyler
as Clerk in Bus Station
Jack Clifford
as Plainclothesman
George Sorel
as Paul, the Captain of Waiters
James Millican
as Photographer
Albert Ruiz
as Photographer
Nina Borget
as Mexican Waitress
Ed Randolph
as Cop
Bea Allen
as News Clerk
Perc Launders
as Hotel Clerk
Jimmie Dundee
as Driver of Gangster Car
Dick Elliott
as Motor Court Owner
Franklin Parker
as Police Stenographer
Noel Neill
as Hatcheck Girl
Brooke Evans
as Guest at Cocktail Party
Beverly Thompson
as Guest at Cocktail Party
Jerry James
as Guest at Cocktail Party
Charles Mayon
as Guest at Cocktail Party
William Meader
as Party Guest
Ernie S. Adams
as Joe, Man in Coveralls
Anthony Caruso
as Marine Corporal
Brooke Evans
as Guest at Cocktail Party
Dick Elliott
as Motor Court Owner
Charles Mayon
as Guest at Cocktail Party
Albert Ruiz
as Photographer
Ed Randolph
as Cop
Dick Winslow
as Piano Player at Party
William Meader
as Party Guest
Beverly Thompson
as Guest at Cocktail Party
Bea Allen
as News Clerk
Matt McHugh
as Bartender
Mae Busch
as Jenny the maid
Jerry James
as Guest at Cocktail Party
James Millican
as Photographer
Jack Clifford
as Plainclothesman
Jack Gargan
as Cab Driver
Harry Tyler
as Clerk in Bus Station
Henry Vroom
as Master Sergeant
Harry Barris
as Bellhop
Harry Hayden
as Mr. Hughes, the Assistant Hotel Manager
Noel Neill
as Hatcheck Girl
Paul Gustine
as Doorman
Perc Launders
as Hotel Clerk
Roberta Jonay
as Girl Hotel Clerk
Jimmie Dundee
as Driver of Gangster Car
Milt Kibbee
as Night Hotel Clerk
Nina Borget
as Mexican Waitress
Arthur Loft
as the Wolf
Franklin Parker
as Police Stenographer
George Barton
as Cab Driver
George Sorel
as Paul, the Captain of Waiters
Gloria Williams
as Assistant Maid

Crew

George Marshall
Director
George Marshall
Producer
John Houseman
Producer
Raymond Chandler
Screenwriter
Lionel Lindon
Cinematographer
Victor Young
Composer (Music Score)
Victor Young
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Walter Tyler
Art Director
Jimmy Walter
Set Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Gene Merritt
Sound/Sound Designer
Joel Moss
Sound/Sound Designer
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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