This is a 1946 black-and-white film noir directed by Lewis Milestone, based on the short story "Love Lies Bleeding" by playwright John Patrick.
Three youths (Martha, Walter and Sam) are forever bound together by a terrible secret.
Decades later, Martha and Walter are now married.
She's a wealthy, successful industrialist; he's an ambitious District Attorney.
When Sam unexpectedly drifts back into town, however, tensions and suspisions rise.
Is Sam simply back for a visit?
Or is he looking for a payoff to keep their awful secret buried?
Barbara Stanwyck plays Martha.
No one's as good as Barbara Stanwyck when she plays a bad girl.
You could enjoy her performance to the hilt.
It is a gripping, fascinating, thrilling and thought-provoking film noir.