This Gun for Hire (Blu-ray)
Lover without a heart...killer without a conscience!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 14, 2019
- Originally Released: 1942
- Label: Shout Factory
- Encoding: Region A
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake & Robert Preston|
|Performer:||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|
|Produced by||Richard M. Blumenthal|
|Director of Photography:||John F. Seitz|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"How do you feel when you are doing a job like this'" -- Willard Gates (Laird Cregar) to hitman Philip Raven (Alan Ladd)
"I feel fine."
"I feel fine."
A great vein of noir tropes, greatly mined Full Review
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Enjoyable, although the plot is a little incredible and Ladd isn't the most charming leading man in the world. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- A fairly lackluster reading of Greene's novel.
San Francisco Examiner
Rating: B+ -- Well acted crime melodrama that catapulted Alan Ladd to major stardom. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- For good reason it made Alan Ladd a star.
Kansas City Kansan
Rating: 4/5 -- Noir favorite; Ladd and Lake are a gangbusters team.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The film's thrilling bullet-laden finale, fast pace and lovely black-and-white photography more than makes up for some of the overt misogyny that was common in this genre and era. Full Review
Minneapolis Star Tribune
In this classic tough-guy film noir, genre mainstay Alan Ladd plays Philip Raven, a double-crossed gun-for-hire who is out for revenge. Veronica Lake is Ellen Graham, his platinum blond bombshell companion. Raven is kind to everyone that's not a target but, after he kills an extortionist and receives stolen money in compensation, he himself becomes the target of a Senate investigation that ultimately puts Ellen in his crosshairs.
Professional hit man Philip Raven is out for revenge when he is double-crossed by his latest client, Willard Gates. Assisting Raven is a beautiful blonde investigating Gates' plan to sell chemical weapons to the Japanese.
Action | Suspense | Thriller | Vengeance | Film Noir | Blackmail | Recommended | Crime | Hit Men | Essential Cinema
- "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).
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