In this sometimes less-than-effective remake of Marcel Carne's LE JOUR SE LEVE (DAYBREAK, 1939), Fonda is a WW II veteran trying to readjust to civilian life. Fonda opens the film by shooting to death a glib second-rate magician and con man, Price, and then taking refuge in his rooms,
barricading himself from police and thinking back on how he got into this mess. He had been a sandblaster in a grimy mill town on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, and we watch in flashback as he meets and falls in love with daydreamer Bel Geddes, who wants desperately to escape her drab life. Price
and his sexy assistant, Dvorak, come to town with their magic show and Price immediately t...