Hoping to expose fatal flaws in the legal system, a writer (Dana Andrews of Laura fame) places a bet that he can have himself convicted of murder on purely circumstantial evidence by planting false clues at a crime scene, before sensationally revealing his trick at the last minute. However, a series of disastrous coincidences leaves him facing execution – and a frantic search for the true killer begins.
Fritz Lang‘s expertly devised thriller (his last Hollywood film before he returned to Europe to film The Indian Tomb, and a companion-piece to While The City Sleeps) also stars Academy Award winner Joan Fontaine (Rebecca) and Arthur Franz (The Caine Mutiny) and is regarded as a masterpiece of film noir, the genre of dark crime films that reached its peak in 1940s and 50s Hollywood.
To coincide with its DVD release on 18 July, we have five copies to give away courtesy of Exposure Cinema. To be in with a chance of winning a copy, Like us, then head over to our Facebook page and tell us your which is your favourite film noir and why. Our competition closes at 4pm on Thursday 28 July.
Don’t forget to check out Pete’s review of Fritz Lang’s While the City Sleeps