Due to inclement weather, Lt. Charles Mason is forced to spend Christmas in New Orleans. Recently dumped by his girlfriend, the depressed Lieutenant falls in with Jackie Lamont. After attending midnight mass together, she tells her story to Charles.
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Two otherwise lighthearted stars...Kelly and Durbin...in the screen's most depressing noir. Both are excellent, though the movie has a sleepwalking pace. There is no other film quite like it, and I can think of none that ever conveyed how dour the holiday times were in WWII America.
Robert's trousers!.......Durbin doesn't quite possess the depth or maturity to tackle this role; Gene Kelly appears as if he's just waiting to dance. Directorally, I don't think Siodmak had hit his Hollywood stride just yet. His subequent films showed a lot more creative flash and stylistic flair that made them exciting to watch. Of course, he had better casts to work with..worth a viewing if you're a noir junkie.