Six years after 1944's Laura, director Otto Preminger reteamed Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney for this moody film noir.
Andrews plays Dixon, a Dirty Harry-style cop whose strong-arm tactics land him in hot water when he accidentally kills a murder suspect. Pinning the death on a harmless cab driver, Andrews' conscience catches up with him when he falls for the dead man's widow (Tierney).
Though the leads make a rather uncharismatic duo - this is very much Fox's B-team - the stylish black-and-white visuals and brooding atmosphere make it a minor genre classic. Dixon's fear of ending up like his hoodlum father lends a psychological depth to his frantic attempts to cover his tracks, and the hard-boiled dialogue is to be relished.