The first 1/3 of this movie is a perfectly enjoyable light film noir. Edward G. Robinson is very good as the lonely man in an abusive marriage. Joan Bennett makes a very casual and dumb girl who lives to get slapped around by her boyfriend. This very sexist story then evolves into a lurid and preposterous chain of events that doesn't quite get camp enough. A very poor script and characters that are reprehensible does not a good film make, despite it being released in 1946, the golden age of film.