About

Three childhood friends, Martha, Walter and Sam, share a terrible secret. Over time, the ambitious Martha and the pusillanimous Walter have married. She is a cold businesswoman; he is the district attorney: a perfect combination to dominate the corrupt city of Iverstown at will. But the unexpected return of Sam, after years of absence, deeply disturbs the life of the odd couple.

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Directed by

Lewis Milestone

Written by

Robert Rossen (Screenplay)
John Patrick (Original Story)

Runtime

115 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

Fate drew them together… and only murder could part them!

Cast

Keywords

husband wife relationship childhood friends noir childhood trauma family secrets based on short story district attorney alcoholic husband female tycoon

Photos

Lists

#124 on 500 Essential Cult Movies Jennifer Eiss

250 Quintessential Noir Films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Original Story