The co-owner of a dog track is framed for two crimes: the shotgun killing of his ex-partner and the hit-and-run death of an elderly man.The co-owner of a dog track is framed for two crimes: the shotgun killing of his ex-partner and the hit-and-run death of an elderly man.The co-owner of a dog track is framed for two crimes: the shotgun killing of his ex-partner and the hit-and-run death of an elderly man.
The story concerns a race track owner Dave Barrett (Barker) who learns his partner has sold out to gangsters. When a mobster decides to frame Barrett for the murder of that same expartner, Barker goes on the run. He steals a car he sees idling in front of a phone booth.
The woman inside the phone booth is the wealthy, successful, and beautiful Jessica Warren, who has asked to be connected to the police. She intends to report and confess to a hit and run. Then she sees her car being stolen. She changes her mind about confessing, and instead reports her car as stolen.
Barrett is accused of both the hit and run and the murder of his ex-partner, though given the timing, he could only have committed one crime. Jessica decides it would be best if he were accused of the hit and run, getting her off the hook. Meanwhile, the cops are trying to get him for murder.
Someone on IMDb said that Barker was unattractive, making the romance between Barrett and the beautiful Jessica unrealistic. Well, someone has a vision problem. Barker was considered a major hunk. Oberon by this time was 45, way past her sell-by date in Hollywood. She of course is stunning as always, though sadly this is one of her last screen appearances.
There is talk of an unexpected twist. I guess I've seen too many of these films. The denoument came as no surprise to me.
Interesting film, not much emotion to be had due to the static dialogue, but worth seeing.
- Sep 3, 2021