1947, MGM [Warner Bros.], 99 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Bernhardt

“So tense! So taut! It closes in on you like a high wall!” Quintessential postwar noir! Brain-damaged vet Robert Taylor confesses to murdering his unfaithful wife and is sentenced to a sanitarium. His doctor (sexy Audrey Totter) gradually realizes he might not be guilty. Taylor gives his best performance ever in this neglected gem, which combines a classic “wrong man” scenario with an intriguing take on the psychic scars suffered by wounded WWII veterans.

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