After George Raft had ended his association with Warner Brothers he moved around and landed at RKO for this noir styled mystery. This time out we have Raft as a detective who is convinced that a pianist has been murdered by a jilted lover and has not taken his own life as deduced by his superiors. The pianist was something of a playboy which leads Raft to questioning a long list of good looking suspects. Enter Lynn Bari as the prime suspect who just might be guilty and yet at the same time might make a good woman to settle down with if your name is George Raft.
The film plays to Raft’s strengths which is mainly talking and acting tough with very little facial expressions. With Raft thrown off the force he carries on like any tough guy in the world of noir would. We do get an amusing scene of Raft looking for information at a dance school where he goes for a lesson. He’s got two left feet which as we know is a long way from reality, Raft being an excellent hoofer in real life. There is also a fairly violent fight between Raft and gorilla shaped actor Bern Hoffman towards the end of the film as Raft is unraveling the web of deceit before him. This was one of 5 films Raft made in quick order with director Edwin L. Marin including Johnny Angel. Marin had also directed a popular John Wayne title Tall in the Saddle. As for the film’s title, it refers to a piece of music our victim was working on at the time of his demise.
One name in the credits that caught my eye was actor Joseph Pevney. Pevney would appear in only 6 films as an actor before turning to directing in 1950 going on to a lengthy career behind the camera. Some of his many credits include Meet Danny Wilson, Man of a Thousand Faces and even episodes of the original Star Trek series. If this is a title you are looking for, not sure how readily available it is as my copy is a dusty old VHS release.