Irish sailor Michael O'Hara (Welles) bumps into beautiful Elsa (Rita Hayworth) outside Central Park. When her rich husband hires him to pilot his yacht to San Francisco, he finds himself drawn into an increasingly murky plot.
The original 155-minute version may have been a masterpiece, but this truncated noir narrowly misses the mark. The plot’s pleasingly convoluted, the performances amusingly varied, the mood sinisterly sustained. But the set-pieces are the work of a genius.
Even in its chopped-up form and with Welles' Irish accent set to 'John Wayne-in-The-Quiet Man', there's still plenty to like about Welles' moody noir flick. The final scene remains a classic outro.