In Reno a man kills a girl he likes and her boyfriend out of jealousy; it may not be the first time. A woman whose divorce has just come through finds the bodies but decides not to become involved. The two meet next day on the train to San Francisco unaware of this link between them.
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Claire Trevor does such a fantastic job as an opportunistic and self-survivalist that verges on the misogynistic. Wise's subtle entrance into visual shades of noir are classy, but give way to the more invisible darkness held within a woman as she struggles to remain atop her lust for power and influence and forget her need for love and security. Not even Tierney's ruffian can hold the cards next to her.