A fugitive negotiates a 5-year sentence for the theft of half-million dollar worth of bonds but takes a short trip before surrendering, while suspecting that a con-woman, a cop and a former crime-partner are after his hidden bonds.
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Criminal Ace Connors agrees to return to New York and stand trial for stealing $500,000 worth of bonds so he can serve a light five-year sentence and enjoy his loot (safely stowed away in the cover of a cook book) when he gets out. Detective Bob Simms is tasked with escorting Connors back to New York. With five days for the cross-country trip, Connors plans for stops in Texas and New Orleans to have a few final days of fun before he goes to prison. Ricki Woodner, a con artist who met Connors at his hotel, is persuaded by Fly Feletti (a bitter colleague of Connors) to get close to Connors and take the bonds. She joins Connors and Simms on the train and Ricki and Ace start falling for each other. Feletti wants the bonds and keeps an eye on Ricki to make sure she doesn't double-cross him. After a romantic detour into Mexico, Ace, Ricki, and Simms head to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras celebration, with Feletti close behind.Written by
A couple of people who make their living just over the line between citizen and
criminal fall in love. An unlikely romance between Lucille Ball and John Hodiak
when Hodiak queers an art con game she's running on mark Lloyd Corrigan.
Despite that bad beginning these two fall in love as Hodiak is being taken back
from Mexico to the USA by cop Lloyd Nolan. Hodiak has safely stashed some
bonds he stole that when they are cashed will net him a nice lifetime income so
he's copping a plea to a lesser charge and then will be fleeing presumably to
a non-extradition jurisdiction to enjoy life after his sentence is up.
The fly in this ointment is Elisha Cook, Jr. playing a more adult and tougher
version of Wilmer the gunsill from The Maltese Falcon. He wants in or he
wants all the proceeds and he doesn't care how he gets it.
Given the talent involved this should have been a better film. But I think too
much time was devoted to Hodiak and Ball who really have no chemistry at
all. That con game with Corrigan had some of the best moments in the
movie and the climax shootout among the Mardi Gras revelers in costume
was done well also.
But it sags in the middle like a swayback horse.
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