Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy
Running time: 94 minutes
Hollywood screenwriter Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart), faced with the task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hatcheck girl Mildred Atkinson tell him the story in her own words. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect. His record of belligerence when angry and his macabre sense of humour tell against him. Fortunately, lovely neighbour Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame) gives him an alibi. Laurel proves to be just what Steele needs, and their friendship ripens into love. But the blossoming love affair suffers as Laurel begins to wonder if Dixon really might be the killer.