Bogart is outstanding as Dixon Steele, a hard-drinking and volatile Hollywood screenwriter, who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a hat-check girl, last seen alive leaving his apartment. New neighbor Laurel Gray (Grahame) alibis the guy because she doesn't think he's a killer and he's grateful. Enough so to begin a romance with the cool beauty. But the investigating detectives still have the writer on their A-list and his paranoia kicks in. Dix begins to question Laurel's loyalty and violently over-reacts to his suspicions. Offbeat, yet superb film noir, expertly directed by Ray. Based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. Ray's disintegrating marriage to Grahame seemingly played out onscreen; they split after filming.
Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment
Available on VHS
Running time 93 minutes.
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