Out of the Past

Synopsis: Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed...
Director(s): Jacques Tourneur
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97 min

That hash slinger across the

street says you are too.

- How did you happen to find me, Joe?

- I was driving down the road one day...

and who do I see pumping gasoline

but my old chum from the old times.

Of course, there's a

different name on the sign.

- So you just dropped in?

- Why not?

Okay, then I'm glad to

see an old pal too.

So I take you to dinner, buy you

drinks, it gets late chewing the fat...

you hop in your car and

you're gone. Right?

- Almost.

- What else?

I'm still working

for that guy, Jeff.

- Whit?

- He'd like to see you.

- As much as you did?

- Heh.

- Worse.

- I see.

No one ever thought

more of you than Whit.

Or more about me.

Well, that could be too.

- All right, what's he want, Joe?

- Maybe he's got something nice for you.

- Try once more.

- Heh.

Look, Whit never steered you

into anything bad, did he?

Why, he never even squawked when you

blew the best thing he ever gave you.

- Go on.

- The guy just wants to see you.

Well, you put it that

way, what can I do?

You know of any other

way to put it?

- Say tomorrow morning?

- Where?

Lake Tahoe. Turn right at Emerald Bay.

Big house on a hill. You won't miss it.

You can't.


Ann? John, are you

letting her out like this?

Are you gonna stand for it, with a

man who won't even come to the door?

Don't worry about them.

- Darling.

- It's no good, is it?

- It doesn't matter. It's just that they...

- Oh, honey, I know how they feel.

- Don't worry about it.

- I'm not.

- Then don't look so grim.

- No, it's something else.

- What?

- That guy that showed up today...


You want to ride with

me up to Lake Tahoe?

- Now?

- Yes, now.

I want to tell you something.

All right, Jeff.

You told me once I'd have

to tell you sometime.

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Daniel Mainwaring

Daniel Mainwaring (July 22, 1902 – January 31, 1977) was an American novelist and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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