Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
While his wife is urging him to quit the force, a Los Angeles homicide detective hunts for the killer responsible for the murder of his ex-partner, who might have been on the take with local bookies.
This film has many actors cast against previous types. Van Johnson had appeared in light comedies and musicals, making him a teen idol at the time. His versatility, proven in this film, would lead to his role in Battleground (1949). Gloria DeHaven has previously been cast as sweet, innocent girls, but here she is a stripper and gun moll. Arlene Dahl, who would have been expected to play the stripper, here plays a nagging wife.
What'll they throw at me?
Mike Conovan: The book.
Lili: The book! There's a crime on every page to fit me.
After Sleeper surprises Conovan and his wife by hiding in the back seat of the car, there is a fairly tight shot of Sleeper looking down at his fingers and rubbing one fingernail with another as he speaks to them. Then the shot pulls back to show Conovan and his wife more completely in the front seat, and suddenly Sleeper's fingers are folded together as his arms rest on top of the front seat.