American Film Noir directed by Rudolph Maté, considered a classic of the genre. The film stars Edmond O'Brien and Pamela Britton, and marks the debuts of Beverly Garland (as Beverly Campbell) and Laurette Luez. Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) is about to die, and he knows it. The accountant has been poisoned and has only 24 hours before the lethal concoction kills him. Determined to find out who his murderer is, Frank, with the help of his assistant and girlfriend, Paula (Pamela Britton), begins to trace back over his last steps. As he frantically tries to unravel the mystery behind his own impending demise, his sleuthing leads him to a group of crooked businessmen and another murder.