Passed | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
When Johnny approaches the bungalow, the party goers are singing, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive. Written and performed by Johny Mercer in 1944, it was a popular song that looked forward to an end of WWII and which helped set the mood for post-war America. Decades later, this song was featured in the film L.A. Confidential (1997), in order to set the mood for the same period (1950).
Been dead for hours.
Mr. Hughes, assistant hotel manager: Suicide?
'Dad' Newell: Could be.
Mr. Hughes, assistant hotel manager: Better be!
'Dad' Newell: Unh-unh! Too much gun!
George tells the detective that he is a lawyer. If so, this means that he has an extended or advanced degree and would have been an officer. As he was not the pilot of the plane the trio flew (presumably a Grumman TBF Avenger), this would have made George an enlisted man. Either George was lying about being a lawyer (which appears unlikely) or he intentionally joined the Navy as an enlisted man.