is a 1948 American film noir thriller directed by Sam Newfield, and featuring Hugh Beaumont and Frances Rafferty.<>.</>
Steve Clark (Hugh Beaumont) is on a Los Angeles-bound bus and gets off in a small town on the way. He first hides a large amount of cash he had been carrying in his suitcase. Then he gets a job, which leads him to a chance encounter with Julie Saunders (Frances Rafferty), a local woman in her 20s. Julie lives with an elderly, bitter aunt who makes her life miserable. Clark, with his charm and original outlook on life, instantly becomes a ray of sunlight for her, and they quickly marry.
However, Clark soon admits to her that the marriage is part of a plan he has crafted. This plan will help him Money laundering a large amount of ill-gotten cash—but it also involves murder and will make Julie an accessory to it, against her will.
- Hugh Beaumont as Steve Clark
- Frances Rafferty as Julie
- Harlan Warde as Donald
- Cecil Weston as Cora
- Ida Moore as Mrs. Ferguson
- Danny Morton as Rogers
- Joel Friedkin as Mr. Wagner
- Lane Chandler as Policeman
Film critic Dennis Schwartz, while giving the film a mixed review, liked the feature, writing, "A low-grade film noir that has its chilling moments. It opens with Julie Saunders (Frances Rafferty) sentenced to a prison term of ten years for being an accomplice to murder. A flashback is used to show how a sweet girl like Julie could have gotten into such deep trouble ... Beaumont went on to be Ward Cleaver in television's Leave It to Beaver
, but here he's great to watch as a sleazeball and sicko killer. It's film where it takes a suspension of belief to get through all the problems built into the implausible plot, but nevertheless the film has a certain insanity kicking in that somehow works to give it an edge."
Category:American mystery films
Category:Films directed by Sam Newfield