“But let me tell you one thing, Mr. Squier. The woman don’t live or ever did live that’s worth five thousand dollars!”
“Well, let me tell you something. You’re a forgetful old fool. Any
woman’s worth everything that any man has to give: anguish, ecstasy,
faith, jealousy, love, hatred, life or death. Don’t you see that’s the
whole excuse for our existence? It’s what makes the whole thing possible
This film is packed with suspense, intrigue, intelligence, sacrifice and colorful characters. Howard is a wayward writer traveling through the desert searching for his destiny which he finds in Davis’ character; a waitress who dreams of living in France painting. Bogart plays the gangster who keeps these two and several other travelers hostage at the old diner. The events that unfold after the gangsters take over is a lesson in reality, life and love. Don’t miss this one.