Tonight I foisted 1948’s Act of Violence on Viv over dinner, which largely drove her to bed. I was quite taken with the location shots in Glendale and one presumes Pasadena, the wartime fallout plot, and the lady leads, a very young but no less striking Janet Leigh and a ripe – even naturalistic – Mary Astor.
According to that link up there, director Zinnemann followed this noir up eventually with From Here To Eternity. There’s no beach in this flick, the architecture is superior, the women are better looking, and the moralizing is less obstreperous. Oh, and this film’s in black and white.