Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance
An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.
Jane Greer got the female lead, because studio head Howard Hughes didn't want to risk using Jane Russell, RKO's biggest female star, in case the public would turn against Robert Mitchum, because of his jail sentence for smoking marijuana. Greer and Hughes previously had a relationship, which she broke off to get married. Out of spite, Hughes stopped giving her roles, but decided that in this case she was perfect for this seemingly thankless role.
...I gave Jin $2000. I thought it was a fortune.
Lt. Duke Halliday: Don't tell me he clipped you?
Joan Graham: He called it 'borrowing.'
Lt. Duke Halliday: No security?
Joan Graham: Unless you call a nice smile security.
Lt. Duke Halliday: That's all you got for your money?
Joan Graham: Certainly was.
Lt. Duke Halliday: I'll tell you what, Chiquita, you believe me, and...
During a car chase, Mitchum/Greer's car clearly run over a chicken, leaving it fluttering in the road. When Bendix's car passes the spot, the chicken is gone.
Also shown in a computer-colorized version.