In flashback, New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts hitchhikes to Hollywood to join his girl Sue. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he's riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man's identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, Roberts' every move plunges him deeper into trouble.
Director:Edgar G. Ulmer
Writers:Martin Goldsmith (screenplay), Martin Goldsmith (original story)
Stars:Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake
Film noir was never better than in this dark melodrama about a piano player hitchhiking to California to see his girl, only to be beaten down by the ironies of fate. Tight direction, hard-boiled dialogue, and good casting made this PRC production an absolute classic. There's murder, blackmail and unexpected plot twists all set in post WWII America back when morality was still black and white. ★★★★