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Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway), a middle-aged roadside diner owner, hires a drifter, Frank Chambers (John Garfield), to work at his restaurant. Frank quickly begins an affair with Nick's beautiful young wife, Cora (Lana Turner), and the two conspire to kill Nick and seize his assets. When they succeed, local prosecutor Kyle Sackett (Leon Ames) becomes suspicious, but is unable to build a solid case. However, the couple soon realizes that no misdeed ever goes truly unpunished.

Release Date

May 2, 1946

Running Time

113 minutes

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Lana Turner

Lana Turner

John Garfield

John Garfield

Cecil Kellaway

Cecil Kellaway

Hume Cronyn

Hume Cronyn


Director Tay Garnett

Screenplay Harry Ruskin, Niven Busch

Producer Carey Wilson

Cinematography Sidney Wagner

Editing George White

Music George Bassman, Erich Zeisl

Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

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