This Gun For Hire
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 6, 2004
- Originally Released: 1942
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Marc Lawrence, Mikhail Rasumny, Pamela Blake, Harry Shannon, Frank Ferguson & Bernadene Hayes|
|Directed by||Frank Tuttle|
|Edited by||Archie Marshek|
|Screenwriting by||W.R. Burnett|
|Composition by||David Buttolph|
|Cinematography by||John F. Seitz|
|Produced by||Richard M. Blumenthal|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I feel fine."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Adapted from a novel by Graham Greene, it's the hard-edged story of love, power and betrayal set in the seamy underworld of the 1940's. Raven (Alan Ladd) is a cold-blooded professional killer who's been double-crossed by his client. Ellen (Veronica Lake) is a beautiful nightclub singer who's spying on her corrupt boss. Lt. Michael Crane (Robert Preston) is a dedicated cop who wants Ellen's love and Raven's capture. The tension mounts and before the case is wrapped up, someone will pay with his life.
- "This Gun for Hire" was the first screen pairing of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.
- Film was remade in 1957 as "Short Cut to Hell" (directed by James Cagney) and in 1991 as the made-for-TV movie "This Gun for Hire" (starring Robert Wagner).
- Additional cast: Pamela Blake (as Annie), Roger Imhoff (Senator), Victor Killian (Brewster's secretary), Bernadene Hayes (Baker's secretary), James Farley (Night watchman), and Virita Campbell (Cripple girl).
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 61 ratings.
Alan Ladd is a mean, mean hit man eventually redeemed through his relationship with Veronica Lake. He is double-crossed by Laird Cregar, sweating evil from every pore. Cregar is a henchman for 78 year old Tully Marchall, one of the greatest of the silent movie villains, here personifying paranoid corporate evil. These two are bad enough bad guys to make the psychopathic serial killer played by Alan Ladd sympathetic. Dated and over-the-top in some respects, but quite modern in others; this is a very entertaining movie.
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