When Sam Masterson's (Van Heflin) car stalls outside the small town where he grew up, he soon finds himself caught up in intrigues he thought he had left far behind. His childhood friends Martha (Barbara Stanwyck) and Walter (Kirk Douglas) are now married, wealthy, and making preparations for Walter to run for mayor. Sam's arrival in town disturbs them; he is the only person who knows their dark, murderous secret, and they are convinced that he has returned to blackmail them. An Oscar-nominated screenplay, and solid direction from Lewis Milestone ('All Quiet on the Western Front'), make for a classic, noir-tinged melodrama. The DVD version also includes the documentary 'Kirk Douglas on Film - A Biography'.