Not quite a film noir
, MANHANDLED is a little lighter than that, perhaps a film gris
. Napier tells his psychiatrist, Vermilyea, that he has been suffering from a recurring nightmare. He dreams that he has murdered his wife, Hervey, after finding out that she was sneaking around with a
lover. In no time at all, Hervey is found dead and her best gems are missing. Napier is immediately suspected by detective Smith and by the insurance investigator on the case, Hayden. Napier, as you might imagine, is innocent (nobody accused of a crime in the first reel is ever guilty). Lamour,
who might have helped the film if there had been a scene in which she could h...