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.
When the private investigator P.J. Pontiac describes the occasional beatings he takes at the hands of his upset clients to Detective Lieutenant Conovan and Detective Gordon, he said he's "No Humpty Bogart," and then, viewing his battered face in the mirror after they leave, exclaims "Ohh, Humpty Bogart!" The deliberate, comical mispronunciation of Humphrey Bogart's first name seems to be a dig at Warner Brother's - MGM's rival studio - biggest star, who often played private eyes.
Hiya, Glory. Put away the can opener, gorgeous, I won't be home for dinner. I'm going out to make time with a girl.
Gloria Conovan: Oh.
Mike Conovan: A sizzler. She's got a figure like champagne.
Gloria Conovan: Well, be careful of her bubbles.
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.