“Yeah, I’ve got problems — who hasn’t?”
A man (Aldo Ray) falsely accused of murder tries to escape from two bank robbers (Brian Keith and Rudy Bond), who believe Ray has their stolen money. Meanwhile, Ray is trailed by an insurance investigator (James Gregory) hoping to find the money himself.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Aldo Ray Films
- Anne Bancroft Films
- Brian Keith Films
- Falsely Accused
- Flashback Film
- Jacques Tourneur Films
This well-acted, suspenseful B-noir by director Jacques Tourneur features inspired casting, with Aldo Ray an unlikely yet sympathetic leading man, and Anne Bancroft suitably adventurous as his new love interest. Screenwriter Stirling Silliphant (working from a story by David Goodis) makes good use of flashbacks to unveil Ray’s story, gradually revealing why he chooses to stay on the lam rather than go to the police. The snowy climax in Wyoming brings this enjoyable yarn to a tense and dramatic end.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Aldo Ray as the falsely accused fugitive
- Anne Bancroft as Ray’s new girlfriend: “You’re the most wanted man I know.”
- Atmospheric cinematography
- The snowy climax
No, but it’s highly recommended.