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One of the most renowned film-noir dra­mas gets Cri­te­rion Col­lec­tion treat­ment – which will come as a re­lief to its devo­tees, since var­i­ous public-do­main edi­tions over the years have of­fered it in less-than-pris­tine ver­sions. Re­leased in 1945, di­rected by Edgar G. Ulmer and adapted by Martin Gold­smith from his own novel, the story plays out as a pro­longed flash­back re­veals how a hitch­hiker (played by Tom Neal) as­sumed the iden­tity of a man who died while giv­ing him a ride

... just the start of the trav­eler’s trou­bles, thanks to an­other hitch­hiker (Ann Sav­age) he be­came in­volved with. DVD ex­tras: the­atri­cal trailer; in­ter­view with au­thor Noah Isen­berg; “Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen” doc­u­men­tary; es­say by critic and poet Robert Polito. ★★★ (Not rated: AS, V)

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