This Gun for Hire (Blu-ray) R

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 , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
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Director of Photography:

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."
  - Raven

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 14


User Ratings: 2,393
A great vein of noir tropes, greatly mined Full Review
Sep 25, 2009
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
Goatdog's Movies
Mar 17, 2002
Rating: 2/5 -- A fairly lackluster reading of Greene's novel.
San Francisco Examiner
Jan 27, 2003
Rating: B+ -- Well acted crime melodrama that catapulted Alan Ladd to major stardom. Full Review
Jan 20, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- For good reason it made Alan Ladd a star.
Kansas City Kansan
Oct 25, 2004
Rating: 4/5 -- Noir favorite; Ladd and Lake are a gangbusters team.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Mar 10, 2006
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
Feb 12, 2009

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • "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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  • Sales Rank: 23,755
  • UPC: 826663197754
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