Edward G. Robinson stars as a cashier at a bank named Christopher Cross, who is married to a shrew wife, loves to paint and is very lonely.
He rescues a beautiful woman named Kitty March from an attack one night and he falls head over heels for her. Unknown to Chris, the man attacking Kitty was her boyfriend Johnny Prince.
Kitty and Johnny plot against Chris because they need money. There are plenty of twists and turns in this classic film. It is a perfect example of film noir.
None of the characters escape a dark and dismal fate. Johnny is framed by Chris for Kitty's murder. Chris sees his painting selling for thousands of dollars yet he can do nothing. Chris finally becomes homeless after having lost everything he once held so dear to him.
It is bleak, but Lang knows how to really get a person involved in a story. The story will really keep you engrossed and I cannot recommend this film enough.