This Technicolor noir begins with writer Dick Harland (Cornel Wilde, THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH) returning to his family cabin after serving two years in prison. His lawyer and friend Glen Robie (Ray Collins, THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER) then tells the story of what happened to lead to this point.
On the way to Robie’s house in New Mexico, Dick meets Ellen Beret (Gene Tierney, THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR), who along with her cousin/ adopted sister Ruth (Jeanne Crain, 1950’s CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN) and mother (Mary Philips, 1932’s A FAREWELL TO ARMS), is also going to Robie’s house. There her family has gone to spread the ashes of their dead father. Ellen is engaged to DA Russell Quinton (Vincent Price, LAURA), but that doesn’t stop Ellen from falling in love with Dick and marrying him within days. Oh, did I mention that Dick looks like her father. Yep, this picture gets Freudian.