About

Young Martha inadvertently causes the death of her cruel, authoritarian aunt. Martha lies to the cops, and Walter, who saw the crime, corroborates the girl's story. Eventually, they wed out of convenience; the meek Walter is genuinely in love, and Martha thinks that her secret is safe since she has married the one witness to her aunt's death. However, when her childhood pal, Sam, shows up, Martha...

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Directed by

Lewis Milestone

Written by

Robert Rossen (Screenplay)
John Patrick (Original Story)

Runtime

116 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

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

Cast

Keywords

alcoholic film noir district attorney

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