I would love to watch the film made from this novel in 1940, and I found a place that has transferred it to dvd, mine for only $25. Done, making me a happy person. Unfortunately the shipping was like $45, making me an unhappy person, so I guess I'll wait and hope to find a copy another time.
If you're a fan of James M. Cain's books and want to read beyond the better-known novels, this would be a good place to start; in any case it's much better than his The Cocktail Waitress, which was just sleaze, and not good sleaze at that. This one was just okay.