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Discharged naval officer Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd) returns to his wife, Helen (Doris Dowling), in Hollywood after fighting in the South Pacific, and with him are two military friends, George (Hugh Beaumont) and shell-shocked Buzz (William Bendix). Johnny is stunned to discover Helen's unfaithfulness with a local nightclub owner named Eddie (Howard Da Silva), who then breaks it off with her. When Helen is found murdered, everyone seems to have a motive.

Release Date

April 19, 1946

Running Time

100 minutes

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Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake

William Bendix

William Bendix


Director George Marshall

Screenplay Raymond Chandler

Producer John Houseman

Cinematography Lionel Lindon

Editing Arthur P. Schmidt

Music Victor Young

Distributor Paramount Pictures

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