After WWII, Rip Murdock’s comrade in arms Johnny Drake disappears. Rip tries to track Johnny down and discovers a body burned beyond recognition that could be Johnny’s. Rip discovers Johnny had been involved in a love triangle with Coral and her husband before the war. When Coral’s husband was found shot to death, prime suspect Johnny disappeared by enlisting under a fake name. Rip has his hands full with the captivating Coral, the mystery of the burned body, the unsolved murder of Coral’s husband, and an unfriendly mobster running the local gambling establishment. –IMDb
Elwood Dager Cromwell (December 23, 1887 – September 26, 1979), known as John Cromwell, was an American film actor, director and producer.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Cromwell made his New York City stage debut in Marian De Forest’s adaptation of Little Women (1912) on Broadway. It was a hit and ran for 184 performances. He then directed the play The Painted Woman (1913), which failed. Next, he acted in and co-directed with Frank Craven the hit show Too Many Cooks (1914), which ran for 223 performances.
Cromwell played Charles Lomax in the original Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw’s play Major Barbara (1915), about a woman of The Salvation Army, and he played the role as Capt. Kearney in the revival of Shaw’s Captain Brassbound’s Conversion (1916). Among others, he also had a role in The Racket (1927), which ran for 119 performances. The following year while the Broadway company was playing The Racket in Los Angeles, Cromwell was signed to a Paramount… read more
Convoluted to the point of the script tearing itself apart with plot twists, this somehow works in an odd disjointed sort of way. All of it due to Bogie who gives a standout performance akin to his Marlowe but in a darker and less quirky vein. His first-person narration is gold and enough reason to watch the film alone. It's not bad but not memorable but you can stick your head in and lose yourself for a while.
I know misogyny is s.o.p. for film noir, but it's especially noxious here and there's little to redeem the rest.