Based on a novel by Jay Dratler, 1948’s Pitfall is a captivating — if somewhat underrated — film noir gem that stars Dick Powell as a bored husband and insurance adjuster who becomes involved with beautiful model Lizabeth Scott, the ex-girlfriend of a jailed mobster. But when jealous private detective Raymond Burr tries to break up the pair, the stage is set for a deadly confrontation.
Released on August 24th, 1948, Pitfall won acclaim for its dark exploration of love and betrayal, and how quickly life can turn upside down. It was directed by Andre DeToth, a creative force who went on to helm such favorites as the originally-in-3D chiller House of Wax and the spellbinding Man on a String.
Pitfall is one of several titles currently featured in our Fall Film Noir Sale, and we encourage you to see what other films set against the backdrop of shocking crime, swift punishment and lives cast aside are showcased in it. These flicks are great viewing on dark and stormy nights…or any other time really.