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This Gun for Hire (1942) Poster

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During production, stars Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake were interviewed on set during a live broadcast from Paramount's experimental television station W6XYZ. There were less than three hundred television receivers in Los Angeles at the time.
The movie's poster was as #17 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere.
Although the original book was published in the UK with the title "A Gun for Sale" in 1936, it was published in the US with the title "This Gun for Hire" also in 1936.
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. An immediate favorite among local television audiences, its initial telecast took place in Omaha Thursday 6 November 1958, where it launched the Paramount Film Library on KETV (Channel 7), followed by simultaneous showings Friday 9 January 1959 both in Philadelphia on WCAU (Channel 10) and in San Francisco on KPIX (Channel 5), by Los Angeles Saturday 17 January 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2), by New York City Sunday 1 February 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and by Chicago Sunday 8 February 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2). In Seattle it first aired 11 July 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Grand Rapids 7 August 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Phoenix 6 November 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), and in St. Louis Saturday 28 November 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4). It was released on DVD 6 July 2004 as part of the Universal Noir Collection, and since that time has also enjoyed occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies.
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Loosely based on "This Gun For Hire" by Graham Greene.
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Dickie Jones (Raven as a Boy) and Hermine Sterler (Raven's Aunt) are listed in studio records as members of the cast, but those scenes were cut before the film's release. Studio records also indicate a running time of about 93 minutes, indicating about 12 minutes were eventually cut from the film.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 25, 1943 with Laird Cregar reprising his film role.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 2, 1945 with Alan Ladd reprising his film role.
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