Marie: You're the most wanted man I know.
Right below the 80-minute mark, Jacques Tourneur's effort is the quintessential pocket noir, a low-budget film that also serves as a masterclass in filmmaking economy.
It tells the story of a war vet — the gentle giant Aldo Ray: a big guy with a soft heart —, on the run from both the police and a duo of killers. Vanning — his alias — tries to live a normal life as a commercial artist, until he stumbles upon a lonesome soul, a beautiful angel faced model, Marie — played by Anne Bancroft.
Through a series of flashbacks, Tourneur presents the audience an unperfect plot — like all noirs should be —, while…