One Moment with Her...And He Gambled His LUCK...LOVE...and His LIFE!
Two professional killers invade a small town and kill a gas station attendant, "the Swede," who's expecting them. Insurance investigator Reardon pursues the case against the orders of his boss, who considers it trivial. Weaving together threads of the Swede's life, Reardon uncovers a complex tale of treachery and crime, all linked with gorgeous, mysterious Kitty Collins.
Writers:Anthony Veiller (screenplay), Ernest Hemingway (from the story by)
Stars:Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien
Burt Lancaster, in his first staring role, is memorable, as is Ava Gardner, also top billed for the first time. Strong supporting performances by the great Albert Dekker as the top hood and Sam Levine as a cop with a heart of gold. And we cannot forget Charles McGraw and William Conrad as two of the most frightening cold blooded killers in film history.The dark and meticulous cinematography makes this movie a masterpiece of film noir. Recommended.★★★★
Ava Gardner & Burt Lancaster