Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed...
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A MAN - Trying to run away from his past... A WOMAN - Trying to escape her future!
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Did You Know?
When asked in later years about the confusing storyline, Robert Mitchum
's standard response was that "two or three pages were lost in the mimeo department." See more
When Jeff is walking away from the lake, he is carrying a fishing rod with no reel on it. See more
You can never help anything, can you? You're like a leaf that the wind blows from one gutter to another.
Featured in American Cinema: Film Noir
The First Time I Saw You
from 'The Toast of New York' (1937)
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
Used as main theme in score See more