I needed to see another Archie Mayo picture. Jean Gabin, Claude Rains and Ida Lupino aren't half bad, either. And I love that this takes place on San Pablo Bay, although I don't remember it ever looking anything like this but I wasn't born yet in 1942 so maybe it did? If that one-room wooden shack on the pier still exists it would be worth a couple of million$ now!
Jean Gabin's ill fated stint in Hollywood during the Nazi occupation of France was much hyped by Fox for this studio-bound tale of wharf rats mingling with love, fate, murder, and deception amongst the shadows and fog. The expressionistic lighting is reminiscent of the kind of poetic realism Gabin's French films, especially "Port of Shadows", would have been known for in 1941.