- Directors: Fritz Lang
- Producers: Nunnally Johnson
- Writers: Story, J H Wallis, Screenplay, Nunnally Johnson
- Genres: Film-Noir, Thriller
- Actors: Edward G Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Dan Duryea
Wanley first sees the oil portrait of Alice Reed (Joan Bennett) in a storefront window, and then meets the woman herself on the street.
Wanley kills Alice’s lover in act of self-defense. Alice is then blackmailed by Heidt (Dan Duryea), a slick crooked ex-cop who was the dead man’s bodyguard.