After serving only five years of her life sentence for murder, Knight is released from prison on parole. Her parole officer (Wilde) tries to help her by giving Knight a job caring for his blind mother (Minciotti). Wilde is popular with local political figures and is looking to move up in
status. He doesn't count on falling in love with Knight, though. The two end up marrying, but trouble brews when her old lover, Baragrey, whom she is forbidden to see by a court order, turns up. Baragrey threatens Knight and she accidentally shoots her past amour. Knight and her husband run off
and go into hiding, but eventually decide it would be best to give themselves up. It turns out, however, that Baragrey has only been slightly wounded, and he isn't even going to press charges. Up until the contrived ending forced on the director, this is a taut, well-made example of film noir. The
semi-documentary style employed in the Los Angeles streets works well and the pacing is uniformly excellent. The screenplay (cowritten by future director Fuller) is excellent until its hokey finish, giving meaty roles to the players. Wilde and Knight are both strong in their roles and are well
supported by a good cast of secondary players.
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