I recorded this film off TCM about two or three weeks ago, and only now got a chance to watch it. As with many film noirs of the 1945-1949 era, this one deals with a war veteran. Eddie (John Payne) returns from the war with a Silver Star and a case of amnesia. The only thing about his past that he know is that he enlisted in Los Angeles. After a few years of treatment, Eddie decides to investigate his past. So he goes down to LA, and the first thing that happens when he gets off the bus is to be picked up by the cops. So you can see what direction this story is leading.
What really makes the film for me is John Altonís cinematography. The shadowy, high-contrast black and white creates the mood for this film. The blacks are dark blocking out any image providing the feeling there is something hidden. The story contains some hard to believe elements, but the camera work really catches the eye and helps draw you in. If you have never seen The Crooked Way, I recommend you do.