Young, well cast against type, plays a man charged with the murder of his wife. On the witness stand Young's story is related in flashback. A broker on Wall Street, he is married to Johnson, a wealthy woman he uses for her money. When Young meets Greer, a writer, the two begin a short
affair. Greer wants to end it and goes to Montreal, but Young claims he will divorce his wife and follow her. Johnson learns of her husband's indiscretion and, in an effort to save their marriage, buys Young a brokerage firm in Los Angeles. This effort backfires, though, when Young begins an
affair with Hayward, his partner's secretary. The partner (Powers) is angered by this, as is Johnson, who tries to stop this second affair by buying her husband a remote ranch, again to no avail. Young empties his wife's bank account and prepares to run off with his paramour, but Hayward changes
her mind. The two decide to return the money to the bank, but en route their car crashes. Hayward is killed, her body burned beyond recognition. Young learns the police believe the corpse is his wife's. On returning home, he finds Johnson dead, having committed suicide after reading her husband's
farewell note. He dumps the body in a lake, then heads to Jamaica, where he starts to drink Johnson's fortune away. Young ends up reuniting with Greer and the two return to Los Angeles. Greer learns of Johnson's and Hayward's deaths and tells Powers. Johnson's body is found, now decomposed beyond
recognition, and Powers mistakenly identifies it as Hayward's corpse. Young is immediately suspect and arrested for murder. The film flashes back to the trial as the jury files in to deliver the verdict. Young goes out of control and tries to escape through the window but is killed by police. When
order is restored the jury delivers its ironic verdict of "not guilty."
Young's fans were perturbed that the normally wholesome actor would play such a loathsome character, but his performance here is excellent. He delivers an honest portrait that helps the unusual plot twists work well. Hayward is very sexy as the other woman, while Johnson and Greer also give fine
performances. Latimer's screenplay is well plotted, and Pichel's direction is strong. Pichel was best at directing tearjerk romances, but here displays a good sense of film noir with moody photography and suspenseful pacing. Though certainly not in the same league with DOUBLE INDEMNITY (a film
THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME clearly takes its cues from), this is an engrossing crime story. Producer Harrison had previously worked with Alfred Hitchcock.
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- Review: Young, well cast against type, plays a man charged with the murder of his wife. On the witness stand Young's story is related in flashback. A broker on Wall Street, he is married to Johnson, a wealthy woman he uses for her money. When Young meets Greer, a… (more)