Beautiful Loretta Young stars as psychology professor Wilma Tuttle, in this 1949 mystery-thriller. The pretty professor puts her career and life in jeopardy when she allows one of her students, Bill Perry (Douglas Dick), to drive her home. Perry attacks the professor and while fighting him off with a tire iron, Wilma kills the would-be rapist. Panic-stricken, she flees and does not report the seemingly justified killing to the police. Guilt, shame and fear haunt Professor Tuttle while a determined policeman (Wendell Corey) closes in.
Affair in Trinidad
Hot tropical passion makes for murder in 1952's Affair in Trinidad. Rita Hayworth stars as a sexy widow and nightclub chanteuse, Chris Emery. Less the grieving widow than a femme fatale, Chris seems to be attracted to the very man who might have murdered her husband. The victim's brother, Steve (Glenn Ford), arrives in Trinidad to discover that not only has his brother has been murdered but he feels alternately outraged at Chris' steamy and sexy demeanor and increasingly physically attracted to his brother's wanton widow.
This mystery, directed by Otto Preminger, is steamy, sexy and more than a bit scary. Diane Tremayne's (a darkly beautiful Jean Simmons) stepmother barely escapes death from a suspicious gas leak at the Tremayne mansion. When the ambulance arrives to care for Mrs. Tremayne, the lovely Diane seems more concerned with the handsome ambulance driver, Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum), than she does with the near death of her stepmother. Before the night is over a frighteningly psychotic Diane Tremayne is spinning a web to lure Frank into her arms ... or is it to his death?
Another Man's Poison
Bette Davis is deviously at her best in her trademark dangerous diva mode in this 1951 film. Davis plays a power-hungry mystery novelist, Janet Frobisher, who lives on an isolated home in Yorkshire, England. Long separated from her own husband, Janet seduces her secretary's boyfriend, Larry Stevens. When Janet's husband unexpectedly shows up, Janet poisons him. Wonder where she gets the plots for her books ... perhaps, from real life?
Anatomy of a Murder
James Stewart is superb as Paul Biegler, an attorney who is plagued with doubts about the innocence of the man he is defending in a tawdry murder case. A beautiful young wife, Laura Manion (Lee Remick) has a penchant for sleeping around town. Laura tells her husband that she was raped and beaten up in their trailer by a bartender, Barney Quill. Enraged, Laura's husband, Sgt. Fredrick Manion (Ben Gazzara), kills Barney Quill. It's up to attorney Biegler to unravel the truth before the case goes to the jury.
Appointment with Danger
Before the expression 'gone Postal' was commonplace in America, film fans were thrilled by Alan Ladd's performance as postal inspector Al Goddard in this solid mystery from 1954. Investigating a murder of one of his colleagues, Goddard must find the only witness to the murder, an attractive nun, Sister Augustine (Phyllis Calvert). Goddard is forced to go undercover as he tries to track down two murderers, oddly cast with Harry Morgan and an unusually vicious Jack Webb (before Webb would star on TV in his own noir-inspired Dragnet).
The Asphalt Jungle
When the intelligent criminal Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider is released from prison, he seeks a fifty thousand-dollar investment from the bookmaker Cobby to recruit a small gang of specialists for a million-dollar jewel heist. Doc is introduced to the lawyer Alonzo D. Emmerich, who offers to finance the operation and buy the gems after the burglary. Doc hires safecracker Louis Ciavelli, driver Gus Minissi and gunman Dix Handley for the crew. His plan works perfectly but bad luck and betrayals endanger the heist as the gangsters need to flee from the police.
The Big Combo
Police Lt. Leonard Diamond of the 93rd Precinct is obsessed with finding evidence against the sadistic hoodlum Mr. Brown and ruinously exceeds his departmental budget after four years of investigation with his partner, Detective Sam Hill. Police Capt. Peterson orders him to stop the investigation, charging that Diamond's obsession is personal since he's fallen in love with Brown's mistress Susan Lowell. But Susan tries to commit suicide and Diamond convinces his chief to follow one last lead...
The Big Heat
An honest, family man cop with a wife and daughter is put onto the investigation of another cop's suicide. He closes the case as suicide due to ill health. However when a women tells him another story and is promptly killed, Bannion just investigates further to find that powerful criminals and powerful politicians share the same table at dinner.
The Big Sleep
Humphrey Bogart and a sultry Lauren Bacall starred in this 1946 classic based on the Raymond Chandler mystery. Gumshoe Philip Marlowe is hired by millionaire General Sternwood to investigate a case of blackmail. Sternwood's pouting and petulant daughter Carmen is a sulky sex kitten with a stack of gambling debts. Rare book dealer Arthur Geiger demands that Sternwood make good on the debts, but it's obvious that the 'debts' are really a sham cover for blackmail.
The Blue Dahlia
This fast-paced film, with a screenplay by Raymond Chandler, stars Alan Ladd as Johnny Morrison, a soldier who returns from the war to discover his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) has been two-timing him. Helen is found murdered and Johnny knows he's been set up to take the fall. Enlisting the help of the ex-wife of Helen's former lover (a sexy Veronica Lake as Joyce Haywood), Morrison struggles to clear his name and track down the true murderer. Ladd earned a nomination for an Academy Award in 1947 for The Blue Dahlia and this dark and dramatic mystery is film noir through and through.
Ned Racine is a seedy small town lawyer in Florida. In the midst of a searing heatwave he encounters married femme fatale Matty Walker, and in no time all they fall into a passionate affair. Soon Matty draws Ned into a plot to kill her husband and take his riches. Will they be able to pull it off? Does Ned know what he's getting himself into? How well does he really know Matty Walker?
This B-Movie thriller from 1949 starring Lawrence Tierney and Priscilla Lane tells the story of an innocent ex-cop accused of murder. Mike Carter has left the force to work as a P.I., a job where his explosive temper and independent streak work more to his advantage than following the LAPD's rules and regulations. Accused of murder, Carter finds himself hunted down by the cops he used to work with. His only chance of catching the real killer rests with the help of his fiancee, Doris. This black and white murder mystery was made on a budget but still worth a viewing.
Dana Andrews plays a young district attorney, Henry Harvey, who is investigating the murder of a Catholic priest. A homeless drifter has been accused of the crime but something just doesn't add up. The solid cast includes a doe-eyed Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur Kennedy, Ed Begley and Karl Malden. Remarkable cinematography and taut direction by Elia Kazan make this well-crafted 1947 film noir film a must-see for murder mystery fans.
Charlie Chan in London
After receiving congratulations from the Home Secretary for solving his most recent case, Charlie is sought out by Pamela Gray, a beautiful but desperate young socialite whose brother Paul awaits execution for the murder of a weapons inventor. She is so convinced of his innocence that she becomes distraught when she overhears Neil Howard, her brother's lawyer and her fiancee, confide to the detective his belief in his client's guilt.
JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who specializes in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the resulting scandal, it turns out he was hired by an impersonator — not the real Mrs. Mulwray.
The Crimson Kimono
Ahead of its time for showcasing an interracial love affair between an Asian cop and an Anglo woman, a volatile and controversial subject in the 1950s. Crimson Kimono stars Glenn Corbett (Sgt. Charlie Bancroft) and James Shigeta (Detective Joe Kojaku) with Victoria Shaw as Christine Downs, the woman both police officers are attracted to. The tension between the cops is palatable as the two police officers must work together to solve a murder in the Little Tokyo community of Los Angeles.
Romantic, obsessive Steve Thompson is drawn back to L.A. to make another try for Anna, his ex wife. But Anna now belongs to the L.A. underworld. Steve believes he can rescue her, ignoring the advice and warnings of people who would try to save him. He commits himself to a dangerous course of action that quickly takes everyone somewhere unintended.
Mike Church is a Los Angeles private detective who specializes in finding missing persons. He takes on the case of a mute woman suffering from total amnesia who doesn't even know her name. She has recurring nightmares involving the murder of a pianist, Margaret, by her husband Roman Strauss in the late 1940s. To solve the mystery of her identity, Church accepts the help of an antiquary who offers his services as a hypnotist.
Walter Neff, an insurance salesman, meets the seductive wife of one of his clients, Phyllis Dietrichson, and they have an affair. Phyllis proposes to kill her husband to receive the proceeds of an accident insurance policy and Walter devises a scheme that would allow Phyllis to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. But Neff's boss Barton Keyes smells a rat. He suspects that Phyllis has murdered her husband with the help of another man.
The wife and mistress of a sadistic boarding school headmaster plot to kill him. They drown him in a bathtub and dump his body in the school's filthy swimming pool... but when the pool is drained, the body has disappeared - and subsequent reported sightings of the headmaster slowly drive his killers to madness, with almost unbearable suspense.
Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow goes to San Francisco for a week's fun prior to settling down with fiancée Paula. After a night on the town, he wakes up with more than just a hangover; doctors tell him he's been given a "luminous toxin" with no antidote and has, at most, a week to live. Not knowing who did it or why, Bigelow embarks on a desperate odyssey to find his murderer.
Humphrey Bogart plays a man convicted of murdering his wife who escapes from prison in order to prove his innocence. He finds that his features are too well known, and is forced to seek illicit backroom plastic surgery if he is to succeed in his task. The entire pre-knife part of the film is shot from a Bogart's-eye-view, with us seeing the fugitive for the first time as he starts to recuperate from the operation in the apartment of a sympathetic young artist (played by Bacall) for whom he soon finds affection. But what he's really after is revenge.
New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts hitchhikes to Hollywood to join his girl Sue. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he's riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man's identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, his every move draws him deeper into trouble.
Force of Evil
It's one thing for a lawyer to defend a client in the numbers racket, but it's another for him to become partners with the man. Joe Morse crosses that ethical line with his gangster client, Ben Tucker. Together they've got a scheme to shut down all the illegal banks in the city, and buy up the ones they want.
The Glass Key
In the middle of a campaign for reelection, crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of gangster Nick Varna and aligning himself with respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry. When Ralph's son, Taylor Henry, a gambler and the lover of Paul's sister Opal, is murdered, Paul's right arm, Ed Beaumont, finds his body on the street.
Set in the 1930s, Gosford Park takes place in an old-fashioned English country house during a weekend shooting party. The story focuses on the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle, who has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend wears on, secrets are revealed, and it seems that everyone, upstairs and down, wants a piece of William and his money. How far will they go to get it?
Ever since he was a child, Bart Tare has loved guns. After leaving the army, his friends take him to a carnival, where he meets the perfect girl, Annie, a sharp-shooting sideshow performer who loves guns as much as he. The two run off and marry, but Annie isn't happy with their financial situation, so at her behest they begin a cross-country string of daring robberies. Never one to use guns for killing, Bart is dragged down into oblivion by the greedy and violent nature of the woman he loves.
Struggling private investigator Louis Simo treats his work more as a paycheck than any deep desire to do right by what few clients he has. Through connections with the investigation firm for which he used to work, Simo is hired by Helen Bessolo to investigate the death of her son, actor George Reeves.
Jeff Warren, a Korean War vet just returning to his railroad engineer's job, boards at the home of co-worker Alec Simmons and is charmed by Alec's beautiful daughter. He also becomes attracted to Vicki Buckley, the sultry wife of brutish railroad supervisor Carl Buckley, an alcoholic wife beater with a hair trigger temper and a penchant for explosive violence.
In a Lonely Place
Screenwriter Dixon Steele, faced with the onerous task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hat-check girl Mildred Atkinson tell him the story in her own words. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect; his history of belligerence when angry and his macabre sense of humor work against him. Fortunately, lovely neighbor Laurel Gray gives him an alibi. Laurel proves to be just what Steele needs, and their friendship deepens into love.
The Kennel Murder Case
Archer Coe has been found dead in his locked bedroom. The cops consider it suicide, but Philo believes otherwise. When the Coroner shows up, he finds that Archer had been hit with a blunt object, stabbed and shot — making suicide unlikely. When the evidence points to his brother, Brisbane is found stabbed to death in the closet.
Frank McCloud visits a run-down hotel on Key Largo to honor the memory of a friend who died bravely in WW II. His friend's widow, Nora Temple, and wheelchair-bound father, James Temple, manage the hotel and receive him warmly, but the three of them soon find themselves prisoners when the hotel is taken over by a mob of gangsters led by Johnny Rocco who hole up there to wait out the passing of a hurricane.
Two professional killers enter a small town and kill a gas station attendant, "the Swede," who expects them and does not resist. Insurance investigator Reardon pursues the case against his boss's orders. Gathering together the threads of the Swede's life, Reardon discovers a tale of treachery and crime, all linked with gorgeous, mysterious Kitty Collins.
Kiss Me Deadly
A frightened woman runs barefoot on a highway, trying desperately to flag a car. After several cars pass her by, she sees another car approaching, and to make sure it either stops or kills her, she stands in its path. Private Investigator Mike Hammer is the one at the wheel, and after almost hitting her, he tells her to get in.
Kiss of Death
Small-time crook Nick Bianco, caught up in a jewel heist, refuses the urgings from well-meaning D.A. D'Angelo, refusing to rat on his partners, choosing instead to go to jail, assured that his wife and children will be taken care of. Learning that his depressed wife has killed herself, Nick informs on his ex-pals and is paroled. He remarries, gets a job and begins leading an honorable life when he learns one of the men he informed on, psychopathic killer Tommy Udo, has been released from custody.
The Lady From Shanghai
Michael O'Hara, against his better judgement, hires on as a crew member of Arthur Bannister's yacht, sailing to San Francisco. They pick up Grisby, Bannister's law partner, en route. Bannister has a wife, Rosalie, who seems to like Michael much better than she likes her husband.
Detective Mark McPherson investigates the killing of Laura, found dead on her apartment floor as the story begins. McPherson builds a mental picture of the dead girl from the suspects he interviews. He is helped by the striking painting of the late lamented Laura hanging on her apartment wall. Who would have wanted to kill a girl with whom every man she met seemed to fall in love? To make matters worse, McPherson himself is falling under her spell as well.
The Maltese Falcon
Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That's for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wonderly, walks into their office; and by that night everything's changed. Miles is dead. And so is a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems Miss Wonderly is surrounded by dangerous men.
When Mildred Pierce's wealthy husband leaves her for another woman, Mildred must raise her two daughters on her own. Despite her financial success in the restaurant business, her oldest daughter, Veda, resents her for their diminished social status. In the midst of a police investigation after the death of her second husband, Mildred must evaluate her own freedom and her complex relationship with her daughter.
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple investigates the murder of one of her fellow trustees of a fund which rehabilitates young criminals. To investigate she goes aboard the ship used to train the juveniles, much to the distress of the Captain. She soon stumbles onto more murders, and a ring of thieves.
Murder, My Sweet
Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by petty crook Moose Malloy, just out of prison after a seven year stretch and in search of his former girlfriend, Velma, now missing for six years. The case is tougher than Marlowe expects, as his initially promising enquiries lead him into a complex web of deceit involving bribery, perjury and theft, where no one's motives are obvious.
Murder on the Orient Express
The first class compartment of the December 1935 departure of the Orient Express from Istanbul is full, unusual for this time of the year. Regardless, famed and fastidious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who needs to get back to London immediately, is able to secure last minute passage in the compartment with the assistance of his friend, Signor Bianchi.
The Naked City
During the filming of a semi-documentary portrait of New York and its people, Jean Dexter, an attractive blonde model, is murdered in her apartment. Homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran investigate. Suspicion falls on various shifty characters who all prove to have some connection with a string of apartment burglaries. Then a burglar is found dead who once had an elusive partner named Willie...
Night and the City
Harry Fabian, a London hustler with ambitious plans that never work out, encounters the most famous Greco-Roman wrestler in the world, Gregorius, at a London wrestling arena run by his son Kristo. Fabian hatches a scheme that he thinks will finally be his ticket to financial independence, but it looks like the only person he's conning is himself...
The Night of the Hunter
Harry "Preacher" Powell marries and murders widows for their money, believing he is helping God do away with women who arouse men's carnal instincts. Arrested for auto theft, he shares a cell with condemned killer Ben Harper and tries to get him to reveal the whereabouts of the $10,000 he stole. Only Ben's nine-year-old son, John and four-year-old daughter, Pearl know where the money is. After Ben is executed, Preacher courts Ben's widow, Willa, overwhelming her with his scripture quoting, sermons and hymns, and she agrees to marry him...
The ambitious Stanton "Stan" Carlisle works in a sideshow as carny and assistant of mentalist Zeena Krumbein, who in turn is married to the alcoholic Pete. Together, they developed a secret code to pretend to read minds, and enjoyed success with their act before Pete started drinking. Stan stays with them, intending to learn their code and leave the carnival to be a successful mentalist on his own.
Out of the Past
Jeff Bailey, a small-town gas pumper, has his past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he reveals his story to girlfriend Ann: Once, Jeff had been a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie, who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. Jeff traced her to Acapulco... where the luscious Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed...
Unhappily married Scott Henderson spends the evening with a hat-wearing woman he picked up in a bar. Returning home, he finds his wife strangled and becomes the prime suspect in her murder. Every effort to establish his alibi fails; oddly no one seems to remember seeing the phantom lady. In prison, Scott despairs for his future but his faithful secretary, "Kansas," doggedly follows ephemeral clues through shadowy the streets of the night.
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Nick Smith, the middle-aged proprietor of a roadside restaurant, hires drifter Frank Chambers as a handyman. Frank eventually begins an affair with Nick's beautiful wife Cora, who talks Frank into helping her kill Nick, by "accident." Once the deed is done, living with the consequences prove much more difficult than either of them imagined.
Joe Sullivan is burning to get out of prison. He's taken the rap for Rick, who owes him $50K. Rick sets up an escape for Joe, expecting Joe will be caught in the act and be shot or locked away forever. But with the help of his love-struck girl Pat and his sympathetic legal caseworker Ann, Joe gets further than he's supposed to, and two very important questions come into focus: Is Joe really the cold and heartless criminal he appears to be? And does he belong with tough, street-wise Pat, or with prim, moralizing Ann?
Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his days looking out of his rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.
Amateur painter Chris Cross, 25 years a cashier, has a gold watch to his name and little else. One rainy night, he rescues Kitty from her abusive boyfriend Johnny. Smitten, Chris lets Kitty think he's a wealthy artist. At Johnny's urging, Kitty lets Chris establish her in an apartment (with his shrewish wife's money). There, Chris paints masterpieces; but Johnny sells them under Kitty's name — with results that are both calamitous and ironic.
Over-the-hill boxer Bill 'Stoker' Thompson thinks he can still fight and win, though his sexy wife Julie pleads with him to quit. Stoker's manager Tiny is so confident he'll lose, he takes money for a "dive" from tough gambler Little Boy... without bothering to tell Stoker. Tension builds as Stoker hopes to "take" Tiger Nelson in his next bout, unaware of what will happen to him if he does.
Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler's former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is killed before he can identify Kindler. Now Wilson's only clue is Kindler's fascination with antique clocks. Kindler seems safe in his new identity, but he feels his past closing in.
A Shot in the Dark
When rich M. Ballon's Spanish driver is found shot dead, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is the first official on the scene. All evidence suggests Maria Gambrelli, the maid, to be the murderer. But Clouseau, being attracted to the beautiful girl, is convinced that she is hiding something. So, he has her released from jail and tries to follow her secretly. Things do not work out the way the inspector wanted and people keep being murdered, and each time innocent Maria seems to be the killer.
In 1950s-era Hollywood, struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis can't sell his work, is deeply in debt, and seriously considering returning to his hometown to work in an office. While literally fleeing from his creditors, a chance flat tire leads him onto the property of a decadent mansion on Sunset Boulevard. There he meets the mansion's owner, the former silent-movie star Norma Desmond, who lives alone with her butler and driver Max Von Mayerling. Norma is deluded, believing her return to cinematic glory is imminent. Max, who was once her husband and director, supports her delusion -- with consequences that will ensnare Gillis and ultimately prove tragic.
Sweet Smell of Success
J.J. Hunsecker, the most powerful newspaper columnist in New York, is determined to prevent his sister from marrying Steve Dallas, a jazz musician. He therefore covertly employs Sidney Falco, a sleazy and unscrupulous press agent, to break up the affair by any means possible. How far will Falco go to carry out Hunsecker's orders?
The Third Man
An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a divided post-war Vienna, wracked with market shortages which have spawned a thriving underground economy. Martins arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a traffic accident. After talking with Lime's friends and associates, Martins is struck by the inconsistencies of their stories, and sets out to discover what really happened to Harry Lime.
They Live by Night
In the '40s, three prisoners flee from a state prison farm in Mississippi. Among them is 23-year-old Bowie, who spent the last seven years in prison and now hopes to be able to prove his innocence or retire to a home in the mountains and live in peace with his new love, Keechie. But his criminal cohorts persuade him to participate in several heists, and soon the police believe him to be their leader and go after "Bowie the Kid" harder than ever.
This Gun for Hire
Hit man Philip Raven kills a blackmailer and is paid off by traitor Willard Gates with "hot" money. Meanwhile, entertainer Ellen Graham, girlfriend of police Lieut. Crane (who's after Raven) is enlisted by a Senate committee to help investigate Gates. Raven, seeking Gates for revenge, meets Ellen on the train; their relationship gradually evolves from that of killer and potential victim to an uneasy alliance against a shared enemy.
A Time to Kill
Jake Brigance, young white lawyer, defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who brutally sexually assaulted his 10 year old daughter. In the process Jake pays a terrible price but refuses to give up, so convinced is he to prove the accused not guilty.
Touch of Evil
Mexican Narcotics officer Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas has to interrupt his honeymoon on the Mexican-US border when an American building contractor is killed by a car bomb. Though he's killed on the US side of the border, it's clear that the bomb was planted on the Mexican side.
Cody Jarrett is the sadistic leader of a ruthless gang of thieves. Afflicted by terrible headaches and fiercely devoted to his 'Ma,' Cody is a volatile, violent, eccentric leader. Cody's top henchman wants to lead the gang and attempts to do Cody in via an 'accident' while running the gang from his jail cell. But Cody is saved by an undercover cop, who ends up befriending him and infiltrating the gang. The stage is finally set for Cody's ultimate downfall, during a big heist at a chemical plant.
An 8 year old Amish boy and his mother are traveling to Philadelphia, on their way to visit the mother's sister. While waiting at the train station, the young boy witnesses a brutal murder inside a bathroom stall. Police detective John Book is assigned to investigate the murder. The case leads him into the strange world of the Amish, and an emotional journey he couldn't have imagined.
The Woman in the Window
Gotham College professor Wanley and his friends are obsessed with the portrait of a woman in the window next to the men's club. Wanley happens to meet her while admiring her portrait, and ends up in her apartment for talk and champagne. Her boyfriend bursts in and misinterprets Wanley's presence. A scuffle ensues and the boyfriend is killed. To protect his reputation, Wanley dumps the body and helps cover up the killing, but becomes increasingly suspect as the police and a blackmailer close in.