yet another noir with a title that has nothing to do with the film itself. this is one of the darkest noirs i’ve seen, ever. it plays like a b film, but has an a-list cast with conte atop the heap. it’s got some real dark and seedy plotlines and the characters are a mix of gangsters and desperate souls. it’s a billy wilder or jim thompson rewrite away from having a great script. loved conte and how dark the film was. the exterior stuff felt like sweet smell of success, only darker and less well shot.