This 1946 film, based on the novel by James M. Cain was the third adaptation, one French and the other Italian. It was thought for a long time that the novel was unable to be adapted into a film because of Hayes Office objections to the content. But, after the successful adaptation of Cain's other two novels (Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce) the studios were interested to film it.
This film is considered to be one of the best of the films in the genre of Film Noir.
There is also a 1981 adaptation with Jack Nicolson and Jessica Lang.