A crime story of greed and wanderlust
Movie Lover: Roberto Soto Santana
Los Alcazares, Murcia Spain
-- November, 16, 2007
Viewable low-budget B-minus noirish straight crime story (not a caper), with the solid acting of Raymond Burr as protagonist (only one year ahead of starring as lawyer-sleuth Perry Mason in the successful TV series), Angela Lansbury as the femme fatale (barely 31 years old in this film, but already with 12 years experience in supporting roles, starting with her Oscar-nominated debut playing alongside Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman in the 1944-issue "Gaslight"), and Nick Foran (the Princeton-educated son of a U.S. Senator for NJ, and a fixture from 1935 onwards in Westerns first at Warner Bros. and later at Universal Studios as the "Singing Cowboy") in a fleeting appearance as the first of the film's characters duped by the greedy and murderous Myra Leeds. Also in the cast, ever-dependable supporting actors John Dehner and Denver Pyle. The film does have a plot twist not likely to have been played in previous or subsequent movies (although difficult to accept as realistic).