He's dynamite with a gun or a girl. One of Hollywood's classic hard-boiled thrillers and a favorite of suspense film lovers. The picture marked the first hit pairing of tough guy Alan Ladd in the role that made him an instant star and sultry blonde bombshell Veronica Lake. Adapted from a novel by Graham Greene it's the hard-edged story of love power and betrayal set in the seamy underworld of the 1940's. Raven (Alan Ladd) is a cold-blooded professional killer who's been double-crossed by his client. Ellen (Veronica Lake) is a beautiful nightclub singer who's spying... on her corrupt boss. Lt. Michael Crane (Robert Preston) is a dedicated cop who wants Ellen's love and Raven's capture. The tension mounts and before the case is wrapped up someone will pay with his life. [show more]
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A hired gun Philip Raven is kind to everyone but his targets and when he kills an extortionist and receives stolen money in compensation he becomes the target of a Senate investigation that leads him to set his gunsight on Ellen his platinum blond bombshell companion
Classic '40s noir starring Veronica Lake. A hit man, called Raven (Alan Ladd), is double-crossed by nightclub owner Willard Gates (Laird Cregar) who acts as a middleman for a traitorous industrialist Alvin Brewster (Tully Marshall). Traveling to Los Angeles to kill his way to the top of his betrayers, Raven meets up with Ellen Graham (Veronica Lake) a nightclub magician and singer. Graham's been enlisted by a senator to use Gates to find out who is making deals to manufacture poison gas for the Japanese. Ellen's fiancée Lt. Michael Crane (Robert Preston) tries as best he can to keep up, tracking Raven while wondering if his girlfriend has been kidnapped or is a willing accomplice.