“She had youth, looks, a good figure. What more do you want?
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Second, the film is memorable for a creepy supporting performance by the solid (literally) character actor Laird Cregar:
— perfectly cast here as a menacing police detective who lurks around every street corner, shows up unannounced in suspects’ apartments, and mutters with deadpan certainty in response to Grable’s rhetorical question:
We believe him instantly. Meanwhile, Mature and Grable are solid romantic sleuthing leads:
and Landis (check IMDb for more on her tragic personal story) is effective as the aspiring starlet who propels the entire story into motion.
Listen for interesting use of “Over the Rainbow” as Grable’s theme song (!).
Note: The film’s original title — until close to its release — was Hot Spot, hence the alternate title on the movie poster included in this review. The last-minute switch in names is unfortunate, since no character ever “wakes up screaming” in the film, and this title leads one to believe it’s a horror film rather than noir.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: