This quintessential film noir catapulted contract player Robert Mitchum into superstardom and set the standard for the genre for years to come. Boasting a typically confusing and convoluted plot line, the film follows laconic private eye Jeff Bailey (Mitchum) as he is lured into a fateful
quagmire when hired by notorious gangster Whit Sterling (Douglas) to find his mistress, Kathie Moffett (Greer), who shot him and ran off with $40,000. Jeff traces Kathie to Mexico, but when he meets the seductive femme fatale
he falls in love with her and willingly becomes involved in an
increasingly complicated web of double-crosses, blackmail, and murder. Directed with su...