**** out of 5
Barbara Stanwyck was outstanding in precode dramas. She shined in screwball comedy. But she was also a terrific film noir actress. Oh, and Wendell Corey's in this too, as an assistant DA who gets sucked into the noir trap she lays for him, but that he probably deserves, based on the unpleasant impression we are given of his character from the beginning.
Interesting side note that I'll dwell on more than the film, which is one of the top tier pieces of noir entertainment of the period. Barbara Stanwyck wears an identical piece of jewelry as in one of our previously featured films, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. See if you can spot it: