Tepid melodrama has Van Heflin returning to his hometown after an 18 year absence to find his childhood sweetheart (Barbara Stanwyck) has married his wormy friend (Kirk Douglas). He also learns that they are harboring a dark secret and that Stanwyck is still stuck on him. The turgid plotting is compensated somewhat by a great performance by Douglas in his film debut. The finale is especially weak. Lewis (Ocean’s 11) Milestone directed.