A former prisoner of war, Frank Enley is hailed as a hero in his California town. However, Frank actually aided his Nazi captors, and he closely guards this secret. Frank's shameful past comes back to visit him when fellow survivor Joe Parkson emerges, intent on making the turncoat pay for his betrayal. As Joe closes in on Frank, the traitor goes into hiding, abandoning his wife, Edith, who has no clue about her husband's wartime transgressions.

  1. Fred Zinnemann


  2. Robert L. Richards


  3. Collier Young


Top Billed Cast

  1. Van Heflin

    Van Heflin

    Frank R. Enley

  2. Robert Ryan

    Robert Ryan

    Joe Parkson

  3. Janet Leigh

    Janet Leigh

    Edith Enley

  4. Mary Astor

    Mary Astor


  5. Phyllis Thaxter

    Phyllis Thaxter

    Ann Sturges

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Status Released

Release Information

  • February 1, 1949


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 22m

Budget $1,290,000.00

Revenue $1,129,000.00



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