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When Walter Williams (Brian Donlevy) suspects that his cheating wife and her boy-toy are plotting to kill him, Williams turns the tables, killing the boyfriend instead.

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  • Jul 26, 2014
    Brian Donlevy is minding his own business when he realises that it's his young wife's lover that's trying to kill him with a lug wrench upside of his head. Surviving the attack yet presumed dead he decides to stay underground, on the lam, and let her take the rap for his undoing. Will she get the chair for it? Will he let her get the chair? Sure, this B grade noir is unlikely, but it manages to hold your interest throughout the fantastical twists that it takes. It's serviceable.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2012
    This Film Comes from the Mill Creek 100 Mystery Classics Movie Collection. This is truly a hidden gem in Black & White from 1949. One of the best Mystery Movies I've seen new or classic. This is about a love triangle, A women plots to have her husband killed while is on a business trip, the killer is her lover, but things go wrong the killer is killed instead and the husband survives the killers attack and stumbles into a town where at first he doesn't know who he is, then remembering and reading the papers everyone thinks he's dead. Meanwhile the wife is collecting until he appears back in town to have her charged with conspiracy to commit murder, but then tables are turned and he is charged with killing her lover, will he be sent to prison, only by watching will you know. 5 stars 10-3-12
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2010
    Enjoyable crime drama with Donlevy fine in the lead but it's actually Helen Walker who makes the strongest impression as the treacherous wife.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2010
    Fairly stiff and barely qualifies as film-noir. Donlevy plays a too trusting industrialist. His wife and her lover conspire to kill him. Coburn is an odd choice to play the Lieutenant investigating the crime. Ella Raines, as Marsha Peters, the owner of an auto repair shop in the small town where Donlevy's character hides out, is somewhat unique in the strength she demonstrates, but still falls into the romantic clichés by the end.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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