A bank clerk in a small town returns home from a vacation in Indianapolis, and hears a story on the radio about a girl found murdered there. The description of the killer fits him exactly, ... See full summary »
Bank teller John Hubbard resembles the description given by the authorities of a murderer. Because he was on vacation in the area where the murders took place, he becomes a suspect, and is constantly tailed by investigator Cy Kendall. When murders start happening in his own town, he soon finds himself the talk to the town, even tho his neighbor Joan Blair and his bosses daughter Rita Quigley provide him with alibis for the murders.
The story is really basic and doesn't need a lot of time to be told. Which is maybe why this movie needs only just over 50 minutes. It feels like a movie adaptation of an episode of a radio play series like 'Suspense', including a (literally) last minute twist. The acting is decent enough, but there's an annoying part for a girl (Rita's sister Juanita Quigley) who screams every time she's scared, which is really often.
The movie has plenty of dark/night-time scenes, which aren't shot in a noir way really but are atmospheric nevertheless. Director Howard Bretherton and DoP Jack Marta, who both did tons of westerns, do decent work here but don't expect magic. Overall the movie is entertaining tho and with its small town gossip angle even manages to sneak in some social commentary (altho I doubt that was intentional). 6/10