Out of the Past Page #2

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

Well, this is it.

Now, the first thing I wanna get off my

My name isn't Bailey, it's Markham.

- Markham. Jeff Markham?

- I should have told you before.

I meant to, but I kept

putting it off...

because I didn't

like any part of it.

- Please tell me, Jeff.

- Some of it's gonna hurt you.

It doesn't matter.

Well, our friend Markham

lived in New York.

He worked with a sort of stupid,

oily gent by the name of Jack Fisher.

We called ourselves detectives.

That was about three

years ago, maybe more.

Wintertime. One of the coldest

days I remember in the town.

And we got a call to

come and see a big op.

- A what?

- An operator, gambler.

He didn't come to see us because he

was too high-powered a character.

Also, because some dame had taken

four shots at him with his own .38.

Made one of them good.

He was taking it in stride, but he

had a friend who was a ball of fire.

Newspaper guys, wise guys, who

do they think they're kidding?

So he shot himself

cleaning a cap pistol.

So I shot the ace of spades out

of a sleeve during a gin game.

A guy can't even get

shot by a dame...

without the whole town

starting to buzz like a...

Like you? Smoke a cigarette, Joe.

You just sit and stay inside yourself.

You wait for me to talk. I like that.

I never found out much

listening to myself.



- It amazes me how she missed so often.

Maybe you were moving.

A dame with a rod is like a

guy with a knitting needle.

- What's he doing here? I called you.

- My partner.

- Should I ask why you didn't call the law?

- Should you?

Heh. I guess not.

- Anything happen to her?

- She ran out on me.

- With 40,000 bucks.

- I want her back.

Or the money?


You know, I once bet $40,000 on a horse

that ran dead last, so I bought the horse.

Yeah, that's what I mean.

Oh, you're wrong. I put that

horse in a nice green pasture...

so he'd never get his foot

caught in a mutuel machine.

You should go out and

visit it sometime.

No, I just want her back. When you

see her, you'll understand better.

Maybe she's just an impulsive girl.

- Shall we let it go at that?

- I can let it all go.

An even 5000 now and 5

when you bring her back.

And expenses.

Now, that should have been

the first thing you said.

- Find her, Jeff. Bring her back.

Why me?

Well, I know a lot of smart guys and

a few honest ones, and you're both.

What happens to her?

I won't touch her.


Get me the stuff on her family,

pictures, anything interesting.

- You'll get it.

- I'll see you.

You bring it over, Joe.

Come on, let's go.

Oh, by the way, you mind

telling me her name?

- Kathie Moffat.

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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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