This is a very intelligent analysis of the film. You have insights into Jeff Bailey’s character that I never considered. I would suggest revising this sentence: “No character is innocent; all are guilty of something.” Ann Miller is an exception to that. She is innocent and good.

I wrote a short essay on Out of the Past. If you would like to read it, here is the link: http://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/out-of-the-past/