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Released: March 30, 1944
|Directed by |
J. Donald Wilson
Richard Dix .... Earl Conrad
Gloria Stuart .... Alice Walker
J. Carrol Naish .... The Killer
Robert E. Keane .... Charles McNear
Alan Dinehart .... Gorman
Cy Kendall .... The Bartender
William 'Billy' Benedict .... The Deafmute
Otto Forrest .... The Whistler
Don Costello .... Lefty Vigran
Charles Coleman .... Jennings, the butler
George Lloyd .... Bill Tomley
Joan Woodbury .... Antoinette 'Toni' Vigran
Byron Foulger .... Flop-house Desk Clerk
Trevor Bardette .... The Bum in the Next Bed
Robert Homans .... Dock Watchman
Suggested by the
Columbia Broadcasting System Program
Director of Photography
James S. Brown
Rudolph C. Flothow
Richard Dix, successful business man, goes to a waterfront bar to
give Don Costello a large sum to have himself killed. He cannot
stand the silent accusations of the whole world that he let his wife drown
in a shipwreck while he saved many others. Costello splits the cash, and gives
a deaf mute the envelope with the money for the killer, J. Carrol Naish.
As Costello leaves the bar, he is killed by the police.
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Dix's secretary, Gloria Stuart, in love with him, is worried that something is
wrong but Dix remains silent. Naish decides to try an experiment by killing
Dix through fear. He gives him every opportunity to see him wherever he goes
until Dix begins to get the jitters.
A killer is caught in a blind alley!
A telegram arrives from the Red Cross informing Dix that his wife is a prisoner
of the Japanese and that she is still alive. Hearing this, he tries to find
Don Costello to tell him to call Naish off the job. He goes to the bar to
locate Costello but is met with a cold shoulder from the bartender.
A beautiful blonde, Joan Woodbury, claims she knows where Costello is and
offers to drive him there. Dix accepts. She turns out to be Costello's wife and plans to drive the car
off the road to kill them both. After being chased by the cops Woodbury loses
control of the car as it goes around a curve and down a hill. Woodbury is killed
but Dix escapes.
Dix avoids his home, his office, and his friends until
everyone thinks that he has amnesia. He attempts to hide out in a flop-house
but the papers have put his picture on the front page. The bum in the next bed
tips him off that he's been spotted by the desk clerk. They take off to a
secret spot that the bum knows about and there he makes an attempt on Dix's life.
Dix makes his getaway and, nearing a complete collapse, goes back to
the waterfront where he tries to hop a freighter.
There he is picked up by the police.
Naish, seeing his victim will be out of his reach, attempts to shoot
him through a window but he is killed by the police. When Gloria Stuart arrives,
she brings another telegram stating that his wife has died in the internment camp.
Hope springs eternal that they will be able to start life anew.
"Somebody is trying to kill me!"
A stealthy visitor
watches from the porch!
"I've got a gun...
and I mean business!"
"I want a bed for the night!"
"Stop you fool!
I'll give you the money!"
"We've caught up with you -
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