That is the case here and is, in the end what stops old Glenn from going over the edge. Afterward, Carl takes Vicki's letter from Owens' body and his wallet to make the attack appear to be motivated by robbery. Just as the train departs, Carl drunkenly stumbles into Vicki's compartment and demands to know where she is going. Locomotive engineer and Korean War vet Jeff Warren Ford observed Vicki in the vicinity of the murder, but shields her at the inquest, as she sets his pulse racing. Vicki admits that she lied about Owens' murder and reveals the truth, ending with Carl blackmailing her with the letter.
Vicki uses her blandishments on Jeff in an effort to have him kill Carl; when Jeff refuses, she flees. As a suspense, it has passages of good plotting but then steps off the gas and meanders. Others, because they have a fetching, or wicked, for that matter, as here femme fatale to muddy the waters also get a pass. Balance is also also very good. Feeling that he has been used, Jeff breaks with Vicki but leaves her the letter, which he found in Carl's pocket.
After Buckley is fired for insubordination, he begs her to intercede on his behalf with John Owens, a rich and powerful businessman whose influence can get him reinstated. Captivated even still, Jeff says they will work it all out somehow. Synopsis Jeff Warren, a Korean War vet just returning to his railroad engineer's job, boards at the home of co-worker Alec Simmons and is charmed by Alec's beautiful daughter. Jeff remains dubious, but promises to stay with Vicki. For this very reason, the 'human beast' that emerges at the end of the film is actually a chameleon with multiple identities. He becomes attracted immediately to Vicki Buckley, the sultry wife of brutish railroad supervisor Carl Buckley, an alcoholic wife beater with a hair trigger temper and penchant for explosive violence. Jeff Warren, a Korean War vet just returning to his railroad engineer's job, boards at the home of co-worker Alec Simmons and is charmed by Alec's beautiful daughter.
Kriegsveteran Jeff Warren nimmt seinen Beruf bei der Eisenbahn wieder auf und verliebt sich in die junge Vicky. He then accuses her of running away with Jeff. She tries to equate his Korean War experience in killing men with this situation. Alfred Hayes' script also had numerous corrections, and the film's current finale was actually not part of the original draft. Meanwhile, Ellen still harbors her feelings for Jeff and sells him a ticket to a local dance; she clearly hopes he'll ask her to go with him, but she also reveals that she knows he's involved with Vicki.
Soon after, Jeff discovers that Vickey and Carl's marriage is so broken that she would immediately walk away from her husband if he encourages her to do so. The two begin an affair which is hard to keep quiet in such a small town. Vicki thanks Jeff for his testimony and explains that she went to Owens' compartment to ask him for help with Carl's job, but found him dead. An odd film, only made interesting because of the subversive contortions of a director who had done it all before, and wasn't content with a swan dive. When he's asked if he had seen any of the people that night, Jeff looks intently at Vicki, then answers no.
Glenn Ford along with the rest of the cast give excellent. Jeff is a potential witness to the homicide, and becomes an accessory after the fact due to his attraction for Vicki. She can't find the letter anywhere, so suspects Carl must keep it with him. Despite some obvious limitations, I like it quite a lot. Jeff, a potential witness to the homicide, becomes an accessory after the fact. Carl follows and strangles the girl.
Needless to say he, as the plot unrolls and big lug Crawford proves to be less a catch than anticipated, gets jealous when he finds out that said wifey has two-timed him. After Buckley is fired for insubordination, he begs Vicki to intercede on his behalf with John Owens, a rich and powerful businessman who Vicki's mother used to keep house for, and whose influence can get him reinstated. Thus begins a tangled web of suspicion, sex and murder involving Vicki and her brutish husband Carl. Vicki then starts scheming for Warren to kill her increasingly drunk and violent husband. Fritz Lang's film noir, Human Desire, which came out sixteen years later, retains very little of the cynicism that defines Zola's novel and at the end actually completely discards the pessimism.
She protests that she really does love Jeff and that if he loved her he would've killed for her. No question I am a film noir, especially a crime film noir, aficionado. The release is sourced from an older remaster that was prepared by Sony Pictures. Grahame's nuanced performance, in particular, is so convincing that it is hard to imagine how a glamorous actress like Hayworth would have managed to appear casual, brittle, and desperate, but at the same time emerge strong enough to deceive and change minds. Vicki and Jeff soon resume their relationship; she tells him how she's come to be married to Carl and shows him marks on her where Carl has beaten her. And big lugs know only one way, or seem to know only one way too deal with their two-timing wives, kill the lover, naturally, kill him here right in front of wifey and make her complicit in the murder, holding a certain piece of evidence to put the frame on her, put the frame on her big time, if she crosses him.