Well worth seeing, a good but not great noir - Humphrey plays Humphrey and Lizabeth Scott is dropdead gorgeous as the femme fatale who may either be a bitch with a heart of gold or an angel with a heart of stone. The plotline is unfortunately more full of holes than a colander and about as logical as a speech by the Trumpster. The gay sub-text is subtle.
In my opinion, far better than DARK PASSAGE shot the same year. Lizabeth Scott is the Femme Fatale par excellence. I liked the way Bogie is attracted and repelled by her in the same time. Highly recommended.
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.
La première heure est plutôt confuse et réalisée sans aucun génie, ensuite seulement, bien tardivement, le film prend une dimension plus "noire" et que tous les ingrédients du genre s'affirment, avec netteté et conviction. Géronimo !