This Gun for Hire [Blu-ray]

This Gun for Hire [Blu-ray]

Director: Frank Tuttle Cast: Alan Ladd
Alan Ladd
, Laird Cregar
Laird Cregar
, Veronica Lake
Veronica Lake
, Robert Preston
Robert Preston
Frank Tuttle
This Gun for Hire [Blu-ray]

This Gun for Hire [Blu-ray]

Director: Frank Tuttle Cast: Alan Ladd
Alan Ladd
, Laird Cregar
Laird Cregar
, Veronica Lake
Veronica Lake
, Robert Preston
Robert Preston
Frank Tuttle

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Overview

Though billed fourth in This Gun For Hire, Alan Ladd was catapulted to stardom in the role of Phillip Raven, a ruthless professional killer with a long-suppressed streak of decency. After successfully pulling off his latest murder, Raven reports to his boss, effeminate fifth columnist Willard Gates (Laird Cregar). He collects his $1000 fee, only to discover later that Gates has double-crossed him with marked bills. This was done at the behest of Gates' boss, crooked business executive Alvin Bewster (Tully Marshall), who wants no loose ends left around to connect him with a plot to sell poison gas to the Axis. As Raven ducks and dodges the police, detective Michael Crane (Robert Preston) is hot on the trail of Bewster and Gates. Crane talks his girlfriend, nightclub singer-musician Ellen Graham (Veronica Lake), into taking a job at Gates' nightclub. While on the train to the club, Ellen makes the acquaintance of the escaping Raven. Gates boards the train, spots Ellen innocently sitting next to Raven, and assumes that the two are in cahoots. Later, Gates kidnaps Ellen and spirits her away to his mansion, intending to do away with her the first chance he gets. Instead, Raven, still seeking revenge for being set up, bursts into the mansion in search of Gates. Having previously been impressed by Ellen's kindness, he rescues her, though he intends using her as hostage should the police catch up with him. As they hide out together in the rail yards, Ellen and Raven get to know each other. Learning of Raven's miserable, abusive childhood, Ellen tries to chip away his murderous veneer, hoping to reform him. But when the cops arrive, Raven reverts to his instincts, shooting his way out of his hiding place. As Crane escorts Ellen out of harm's way, Raven rushes towards a bloody showdown with Bewster and Gates. Based on Graham Greene's A Gun For Sale, This Gun For Hire was remade in 1958 as Short Cut to Hell, then again under the original title as a 1990 made-for-TV film.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2019
UPC: 0826663197754
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Language: English
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 20,314

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Ladd Philip Raven
Laird Cregar Willard Gates
Veronica Lake Ellen Graham
Robert Preston Det. Michael Crane
Tully Marshall Alvin Brewster
Mikhail Rasumny Slukey
Harry Shannon Steve Finnerty
Frank Ferguson Albert Baker
Bernadene Hayes Baker's Secretary
James Farley Night Watchman
Vivita Campbell Crippled Girl
Roger Imhof Sen. Burnett
Victor Kilian Brewster's Secretary
Olin Howlin Blair Fletcher
Emmett Vogan Charlie
Chester Clute Mr. Stewart
Charles Arnt Will Gates
Virginia Farmer Woman in Shop
Clem Bevans Scissor Grinder
Harry Hayden Restaurant Manager
Tim Ryan Weems
Yvonne De Carlo Show Girl
Edwin Stanley Police Captain
Eddy Chandler Foreman
Phil Tead Machinist
Charles Moore Dining Car Waiter,Young Raven in Cut Dream Sequence
Pat O'Malley Conductor
Karin Booth Waitress
Sarah Padden Mrs. Mason
Richard Webb Young Man
Frances Morris Receptionist
Cyril Ring Waiter
Lora Lee Girl in Car
William Cabanne Laundry Truck Driver
Patricia Farr Ruby
Charles Wilson Police Captain
Mary Davenport Salesgirl
Earle Dewey Mr. Collins
Lynda Grey Gates' Secretary
Dick Rush Lt. Clark
Elliott Sullivan Officer Glennon
Don Barclay Piano Player
John Sheehan Keever
Alan Speer Frog
Fred Walburn Walt
Robert Winkler Jimmie
Hermine Sterler Raven's Aunt
Adele Pearce Annie
Víctor Laplace Dancer
Pedro de Cordoba Steve Finnerty
Louise LaPlanche Dancer
Marc Lawrence Actor
David Buttolph Composer

Technical Credits
Frank Tuttle Director
Albert Maltz Screenwriter
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
Richard Blumenthal Producer
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