W. R. Burnett and Albert Maltz
Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, and Robert Preston
The movie that made Ladd and Lake a popular movie team. He’s a brutal, cold-blooded hit man and she’s his prisoner, a sultry singer who knows how to listen. Ladd’s mission is to take out a man who’s double-crossed him. A good example of Forties noir.
Remade in 1957 as Short Cut To Hell, and as a 1991 cable television movie. Based on a novel by Graham Greene.