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|Fred MacMurray||Paul Sheridan|
|Philip Carey||Rick McAllister (as Phil Carey)|
|Kim Novak||Lona McLane|
|Dorothy Malone||Ann Stewart|
|E.G. Marshall||Police Lt. Carl Eckstrom|
|Allen Nourse||Paddy Dolan|
Honest cop Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) is tasked to recover $200,000 after a bank robbery. He and other officers maintain a 24-hour surveillance on Lona McLane (Kim Novak), a girlfriend of one of the robbers.Sheridan quickly falls in love with Lona, who, when she finds out he's a policeman, tries to persuade him to kill Harry Wheeler (Paul Richards) so the two can take off with the cash. He initially resists, but eventually agrees.After the killing, Sheridan finds that he also has to betray fellow detective Paddy Dolan and deceive partner Rick McAllister and their boss Lieutenant Eckstrom to cover his tracks. Almost all the action takes place at night in the U-shaped apartment building where Lona and a key eyewitness, neighbor Ann Stewart, both live.