good noir with van heflin as a cop who does some pretty dark stuff. typically there is the femme fatale, but here it’s all van heflin coming up with the idea to kill the husband of his lover and cash in on the insurance money. the woman is caught between that and her absentee husband so it’s unique in the way it represents the woman. i love it when the noirs get really dark and this one goes there; mostly with the way heflin plays the woman’s emotions and doesn’t tell her what he’s up to. again, typically it’s the woman who is pulling all the strings, but here heflin has a master plan and executes it perfectly; almost (of course). in the end the well-intentioned neighbor type gets in his way and the shit hits the fan. good stuff.