Humphrey Bogart’s typically tense performance raises this average whodunit quite a few notches. Film has good suspense and action, and some smart direction and photography.
Columbia borrowed Bogart from Warners to play the role of a tough ex-paratrooper captain returning home with a pal to be honored by the War Dept for their achievements. When the pal jumps the DC train, to go home instead, the perplexed captain follows to find himself enmeshed in gangland, murders and romance. His pal, he learns, had enlisted under an alias because he was convicted of a killing. Two days after said pal arrives home, he gets bumped off.
Determined to solve the mystery and avenge his friend, the captain digs into his pal’s haunts. Script uses a flashback method for part of the telling, to add variety.
Bogart absorbs one’s interest from the start as a tough, quick-thinking ex-skyjumper. Lizabeth Scott stumbles occasionally as a nitery singer, but on the whole gives a persuasive sirenish performance.