The New Pictures, Jun. 18, 1945

Conflict (Warner), in this film, develops chiefly between the edgy performance of many scenes and the plot—which, though basically all right, is much too fancily and obviously worked out. Humphrey Bogart, a grimly unhappy husband, murders Rose Hobart, his wife, for love of Alexis Smith, her younger sister, only to find that Miss Smith has no use for him. In the course of describing just how his wife looked when he last saw her, he makes a single mistake that punctures his otherwise airtight alibi. Since mystery-hardened cinemaddicts can hardly fail to miss...

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