Bob Cummings (Love that Bob) stars as a World War II veteran Chuck Scott, who has bad dreams. He gets a job driving for a mobster, and falls in love with his wife. It gets film noir from there.
This is a terrific little film (especially given it’s from 1932) about characters who are sentenced to a chain gang and the terrible conditions they face. Sometimes 1930’s movies suffer from bad music, chattery dialogue and silly distractions but this is a very nice well shot piece of antique cinema. Richard Dix plays the top dog on a chain gang.
Mary Logan is accused of murdering a blackmailer. She is innocent but waiting on death row. Lionel Atwill plays the criminologist who must figure out whodunnit before Mary gets executed.
A woman’s (Barbara Stanwyck) sanity comes into question, after she claims to have witnessed a murder from her apartment window. It’s a pretty decent film noir.
Johnnie Bradfield (John Garfield) is a boxer falsely accused of murder. He disappeared and is presumed dead. The only witnesses who could have exonerated him were his manager and girlfriend, both of whom have died in an automobile accident.
He’s just a gigolo, everywhere he goes. He’s Ricardo “They call me Rick” DeVilla. He seduces a wealthy and sickly widow, Vanessa Bancroft, and plays the part of the good husband. Really he’s a bad, bad boy. Even the bongo player wants to kill him for fooling around with his wife.