“Behind Green Lights” is a film noir from 1946, directed by Otto Brower and starring Carole Landis, William Gargan, and Richard Crane. The movie revolves around the murder of a young socialite named Sheila Lamar, whose body is found in a parked car behind the Green Gate Club.
Captain Johnny Williams (William Gargan), the lead investigator on the case, is determined to find the killer, despite resistance from both his superiors and the wealthy patrons of the club who want the investigation to end quickly and discreetly. As he delves deeper into the case, Williams uncovers a web of corruption and deceit, and he soon realizes that the murder is just the tip of the iceberg.
Meanwhile, Sheila’s sister, Phyllis (Carole Landis), becomes involved in the investigation when she hires private investigator Michael Shayne (Richard Crane) to find her sister’s killer. Shayne and Phyllis work together to unravel the mystery, but their lives are put in danger as they get closer to the truth.
As the investigation continues, Williams, Shayne, and Phyllis discover that the killer is someone close to Sheila, and they race against time to prevent another murder from taking place. The film ends with the killer finally being exposed and brought to justice.
“Behind Green Lights” is a classic film noir with all the hallmarks of the genre, including a dark and moody atmosphere, a complex plot, and flawed but compelling characters. The movie is notable for its strong performances by the lead actors, as well as its suspenseful and engaging storyline.
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Carole Landis, William Gargan, Richard Crane