Nobody Lives Forever is the old gangster reformation theme. John Garfield is seen as a drafted mobster being released after years in the service and with plenty of heroic medals to indicate his fighting ability. Script by W. R. Burnett [from his own novel] follows writer’s bent for putting down on paper more melodramatic elements of US gang life and conmen.
Garfield, intent on a long vacation from war duties, is talked into taking a wealthy widow for a large slice of her inheritance. Plot moves along towards its objective with all the obviousness of such a theme. The gangster falls for the gal he’s trying to take.
John Garfield carries most of the weight of the story on capable shoulders. His performance gives picture considerable lift.