so-so noir from jacques tourneur, who did out of the past and night of the demon. both of those films are superior to this one. here we follow p.i. nick castle (whose catch phrase is “if i’m wrong i’ll apologize.”) and his sidekick, b-man (whose name comes from the fact that he carries live bees in his pockets at all times. it’s an often silly film with a couple decent lines and it feels like a series; turns out that it is. some of the tricks castle employs are pretty simplistic and don’t hold up well to time. if you’re a noir fan it’s fun enough, if not then you’re probably better off staying away.