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Down-opn-his-luck journalist Mark (Alex Nicol) meets terminal ill but
rich businessman Forrest (Sid James), and for some reason, the two men
take an immediate liking into each other. However, at the same time, Mark
takes an immediate dislike into Forrest's wife Carol (Hillary Brooke), a
gold digger if there ever was one, who has an affair with pianist Vincent
(Paul Carpenter) virtually under her husband's eyes. But as it is in these
movies, Carol just can't accept that Mark doesn't fall for her, and before
long they really start an affair - she even ditches Vincent for him -,
despite the fact that Mark doesn't want to hurt his friend.
But Carol has a problem: Forrest wants to disinherit her as soon as his
lawyer comes back from his vacation, which in her eyes makes Forrest's
death a rather pressing matter. And sincew, despite his illness, a death
by natural causes just doesn't seem to announce itself, Carol throws her
passed-out husband overboard during a boattrip the two of them undertake
together with Mark. And Mark, who never wanted Forrest to die - actually
he wanted to leave the two of them for London the very next day, just to
stay out of trouble - suddenly finds himself being an accomplice in a
But Mark and Carol seem to be lucky, since the coroner rules Forrest's
death a suicide - if only there wasn't this nosey cop McLellan (Alan
Wheatley) around who asks all sorts of uncomfortable questions. So Mark
and Carol decide it would be the best for Mark to leave town alone - just
to prove rumours according to which the two of them are a couple wrong -
and she would follow one month later, when the whole thing has blown over.
Six weeks later, Mark is still waiting for Carol or at least news of
Carol, so ultimately he decides to return - only to find her place, her
mansion, empty and up for sale - and McLellan, who obvioulsy hasn't given
up snooping around, waiting just for him. Still, McLellan doesn't have any
concrete evidence or at least anything to pin on either Mark or Carol ...
so he drives Mark to Carol's new place - where Mark finds out she has
since married Vincent, whom she didn't ditch after all, and she only
needed Mark as an accomplice and a scapegoat in getting rid of her hubby.
There's only one thing Carol hasn't taken into account, and that's when
Mark finds everything out, he is a man who has nothing more to lose, and
he goes straight to McLellan to confess everything, just to harm her ...
Nothing great maybe, but a competently done noir, that is on one hand
full of genre clichés, but on the other hand, if you like film noirs (and
who doesn't) you might find yourself well entertained.