Mike Lambert (Glenn Ford) is on the hunt for a new mining job. He also accepts small cash jobs, including driving a delivery truck. Unfortunately for Mike, his most recent delivery doesn’t go to plan. The truck that Mike was driving had faulty brakes, and soon he finds himself involved in a traffic incident. Because Mike knew that the brakes could fail and he accepted the job anyway, he is now required to attend a court hearing. At the hearing, the judge sets bail. But Mike has no money, so the judge advises Mike he will have no choice but to spend time in jail. But during the court hearing, a beautiful woman named Paula Craig (Janis Carter) approaches the judge and offers to pay for Mike’s bail, saving him from suffering in prison and the general embarrassment. But what does this woman want with Mike? And why would she make such a kind gesture?
What occurs next is a dangerous, thrilling game of cat and mouse. Paula has other desires for Mike. Mike is new in town and doesn’t even know anyone in the city. That makes him a perfect person to use in the ultimate crime and frame for murder. Mike is naturally suspicious and begins to conduct his own investigation into the truth about Paula and her deadly game.
The most significant praise I’ll give this film is simply the fun plot. As I started viewing the movie, I got hooked very quickly. I found myself questioning if Mike would ever know the full truth, or would it be too late. Performances by both leads are lovely and convincing for the entire duration. Thanks to Imprint Films I was extremely impressed by the quality of the Blu-ray release. After all, this film was released back in 1947. The film’s audio track and subtitles were also welcomed.
Overall, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this thriller, and I found myself invested in the film’s plot very quickly. It is a simple plot with unpredictable outcomes. Performances from both Glenn Ford and Janis Carter were also wonderful, and together they brought the kind of chemistry and mystery which I wished we had more of in the present day.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden