USA | 1945 | 71 minutes | Gustav Machatý

February 18, 2018

A perky female cabbie (Jane Randolph) gets embroiled in a dangerous triangle involving her suicidal Czech boyfriend (Nils Asther) and a rakish doctor (John Loder) who's taken a shine to her. Director Machatý, known for the infamous 1933 sex film Ecstasy, concocts a dreamy tale that touches all the tropes of "B" mysteries while depicting the displacement of European artists adrift in sun-baked Hollywood. As close to an art film as ever emerged from Poverty Row-and, not surprisingly, the last film the experimentally inclined Machatý made in America.

35mm print courtesy of the British Film Institute.

Noir City is presented by the Film Noir Foundation. 

  • Director: Gustav Machatý
  • Principal Cast: John Loder, Jane Randolph, Karen Morley, Nils Asther
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1945
  • Running Time: 71 minutes
  • Producer: Gustav Machatý
  • Screenplay: Gustav Machatý, Arnold Phillips
  • Cinematographers: Henry Sharp
  • Editors: John F. Link Sr
  • Music: Hanns Eisler
  • Language: English
  • Format: 35mm
  • US Distributor: Republic Pictures