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This Gun for Hire

Category: Film-Noir
All Genres: Film-Noir, Crime, Thriller
Release Year: 1942
Country: USA
Runtime: 80
Rating: 4 (0)
Languages: English
Director: Frank Tuttle
Sound: Mono

  • Lover without a heart…killer without a conscience!
  • Hes dynamite with a gun or a girl.

  • Writing by: Graham Greene – (novel "A Gun for Sale")
    Albert Maltz – (writer) &
    W.R. Burnett – (writer)

    Produced by: Richard Blumenthal – associate producer

    Cast: Veronica Lake – Ellen Graham
    Robert Preston – Det. Michael Crane
    Laird Cregar – Willard Gates
    Alan Ladd – Philip Raven
    Tully Marshall – Alvin Brewster
    Marc Lawrence – Tommy
    Olin Howland – Blair Fletcher (as Olin Howlin)
    Roger Imhof – Senator Burnett
    Pamela Blake – Annie
    Frank Ferguson – Albert Baker
    Victor Kilian – Drew

    Music: David Buttolph
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    Plot Outline: Hit man Philip Raven, whos kind to children and cats, kills a blackmailer and is paid off by traitor Willard Gates in “hot” money…
    Plot: Hit man Philip Raven, whos kind to children and cats, kills a blackmailer and is paid off by traitor Willard Gates in “hot” money. Meanwhile, pert entertainer Ellen Graham, girlfriend of police Lieut. Crane (whos after Raven) is enlisted by a Senate committee to help investigate Gates. Raven, seeking Gates for revenge, meets Ellen on the train; their relationship gradually evolves from that of killer and potential victim to an uneasy alliance against a common enemy.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 3 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    At the end of the last scene, the words “The End” (and production company and distributor credits) are superimposed. But then Kirk Douglas says in voiceover “Hold it! Stop!” The text now disappears again and the music score also stops. He continues: “Thats the end of the picture, but its not the end of the mystery.” Scenes featuring four of the films minor roles are now quickly reprised, with a suitable musical score, and the four actors each remove face masks and other makeup to reveal that the respective parts were played by Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, and Frank Sinatra. Finally, Douglas similarly reprises five disguises that his character wore during the course of the story, and after the last one, reveals his face (which we had already seen when his character was undisguised). He says to the camera, “Ladies and gentlemen — The End”, and continues picking off bits of face mask glue while the musical theme concludes.

    Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Boom mic visible: As Ellen and Michael leave the arcade, the shadow of a boom mike is visible on a wall behind them.

    Trivia: There are 1 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • The movies poster was as #17 of “The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever” by Premiere.

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