This Gun for Hire (1942)

Directed by Frank Tuttle

Crime | Film Noir | Drama

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Sadistic killer-for-hire Raven becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates, Raven sits beside Gates’ lovely new employee, Ellen, on a train out of town. Although Ellen is engaged to marry the police lieutenant who’s hunting down Raven, she decides to try and set the misguided hit man straight as he hides from the cops and plots his revenge.

Length 81 minutes


Marc Lawrence | Harry Shannon | Richard Webb | Tully Marshall | Jim Farley | Victor Kilian | Frank Ferguson | Don Barclay | Charles C. Wilson | Pat West | Chester Clute | Alan Ladd | Edwin Stanley | Emmett Vogan | Chuck Hamilton | Olin Howland | Arthur Loft | Charles Arnt | Sarah Padden | Cyril Ring | Robert Preston | Yvonne De Carlo | Mary Davenport | Veronica Lake | Laird Cregar | Tim Ryan | Gordon De Main | Virginia Farmer | Harry Hayden | Bernadene Hayes | Roger Imhof | Elliott Sullivan | Frances Morris | Ivan Miller | Eddy Chandler | Mikhail Rasumny | John Marston | Charles Irwin | Clem Bevans | John Sheehan | Jack Reitzen | Earle S. Dewey | Pamela Blake | Patricia Farr | Phil Tead | Julian Rivero | Karin Booth | George Magrill | Dick Rush | William Cabanne | Lee Prather | Robert Winkler | Charles McMurphy | Jack Cheatham | Charles R. Moore | Betty Farrington | Harry Brown | Sam Harris | Pat O'Malley | Oscar Smith | Jack Baxley | George Anderson | Gloria Williams | Fred Walburn | Lynda Grey | Virita Campbell

Viewing Notes

Alan Ladd’s debut is a doozy! He does a great job of leaning into the vicious side of his character without losing the humanity. Veronica Lake’s magic/singing act is a fun watch but her character plays a little flat at times.


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