Relentlessly romantic optimist Frank Borzage is the last director you'd expect to turn out an effective film noir, but this brilliantly directed drama was his sound-era masterpiece. Dane Clark gives a bruised and brooding performance as a young man convinced that his father's "bad blood" has sealed his miserable fate. Can he be saved by the love of "good girl" Gail Russell? (Note courtesy of Noir City.) DIR Frank Borzage; SCR/PROD Charles F. Haas, from the novel by Theodore Strauss. U.S., 1948, b&w, 90 min. NOT RATED
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