Meeting aboard a San Francisco-bound train, Helen Brent (Claire Trevor) and Sam Wilde (Lawrence Tierney, in a menacing performance) strike up a conversation, unaware of an existing connection between them -- Helen recently found a pair of corpses, courtesy of Sam's murderous hands. They soon begin a depraved affair that leads straight to hell. Walter Slezak and Elisha Cook Jr. provide first-rate support in director Robert Wise's hard-boiled gem.

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