However, in the end, Walter's conscious awakens through these immoral acts and is what cause the impromptu confession to take place in the All-Risk Pacific Insurance Company office.
It only takes seconds for Walter to be entranced by her, and the flirtatious banter begins. A Confidential Curtis Hanson, is a neo-noir film about a shooting at an all night diner and the three Las Angeles policeman who investigate in their own unique ways. He is a criminal and the film does not deny that.
This gives it the film noir feeling of the Famme Fatale, Phyllis is being manipulative, and desperate women, and accomplished what she wants, Walter Huff expresses to her that she has to do better than that she need better ideas, a better plan, someone that is willing to help her do it.
As Boozer points out, "the sexual seductress of Hollywood cinema has a long and varied international lineage" 20 -- meaning the type played by Stanwyck was not of strictly American genealogy. The general darkness present throughout the movie is embodied in the plot which reveals the moral bankruptcy of the main characters.
In the midst of the plot, Phyllis had thought of calling it off and told Walter to leave before it was too late.