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86 minutes · 1945

Drama, Film noir, Mystery
A 1945 programmer starring Humphrey Bogart as a wealthy executive in love with his passionless wife's younger sister. With no chance of divorce, he hatches a slick little murder plot, but noir conventions and Production Code strictures against unpunished crime work against him. The script is studded with charming bits of period pop psychology, but the story never takes Bogart to the depths of torment and guilt he reached in Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place. Director Curtis Bernhardt, a journeyman who churned out noirs and musicals with equal ease, leavens the efficient formula storytelling with a few inventive visuals.

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