I think Jack Carson and Gail Russell save this one from succumbing to bathos in the hands of Jeff Chandler and Jeanne Crain.
But I'd still consider doing the nine-film series showcasing novelist/screenwriter George Zuckerman. There are actually 11 films that could be screened (add SPY HUNT and UNDER THE GUN), which would make this into a perfect fit for the format at Palm Springs. Don't hold your breath for that, however...
As always, a worthy read about a fascinating and shamefully neglected noir at Colin's blog (he posts here, of course, as Livius):
A film that absolutely deserves a full-on release and in its Cinemascope aspect ratio.
Interestingly, we came THIS CLOSE to doing a George Zuckerman retrospective in 2016 which would have made for a superb combination of 40s and 50s noir/melodrama. Consider:
WHISPERING CITY (1947)
BORDER INCIDENT (1949)
IRON MAN (1951)
99 RIVER STREET (1953)
THE SQUARE JUNGLE (1955)
WRITTEN ON THE WIND (1956)
THE TATTERED DRESS (1957)
THE TARNISHED ANGELS (1957)
It would have been on the occasion of the novelist/screenwriter's 100th birthday, but it didn't prove to be feasible for several reasons.
It would still make for a great weekend mini-festival, however.
And, BTW, two of Zuckerman's novels, THE LAST FLAPPER (about Zelda Fitzgerald, whom Zuckerman knew personally) and FAREWELL, FRANK MERRIWELL, are both worth the effort to track down.