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Though she had already played bit roles in a brace of RKO Radio films, Kim Novak was officially "introduced" in this, her first starring feature for Columbia. Novak is cast as Lona McLane, the gorgeous but hard-boiled moll of gangster Harry Wheeler (Paul Richards). Assigned to track down the 210,000 dollars stolen by Wheeler in a bank robbery, superficially honest police detective Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) puts Lona under round-the-clock surveillance. Succumbing to her charms, Paul falls in love with Lona, who tries to persuade him to bump off Wheeler so that she and Paul can… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Viewed strictly on its own, as it should be, this modest Columbia melodrama is a creditable job for about half the time."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"Marked by a visual claustrophobia that nicely matches MacMurray's increasingly hemmed-in situation."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"If you're as much of a pushover for [Kim Novak's] early work as I am, you can't afford to miss this."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Novak does a fine job in her first starring role as a heartless femme fatale who does have a heart after all."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A compelling story of a man whose morals become twisted by a dangerous and somewhat naive femme fatale."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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