Up 37,204 this week

Time to Kill (1942)

 -  Mystery  -  22 January 1943 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 54 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

A private detective is hired to retrieve a valuable antique coin that was stolen from its owner by her son, who used it to pay off a blackmailer. The private eye soon finds himself up to ... See full summary »



(screenplay), (novel), 1 more credit »
0Check in

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 12 titles
created 19 Dec 2012
list image
a list of 15 titles
created 26 Mar 2013
list image
a list of 1579 titles
created 9 months ago
a list of 2240 titles
created 9 months ago
a list of 10 titles
created 5 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Time to Kill" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Time to Kill (1942)

Time to Kill (1942) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Time to Kill.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Marlowe (1969)
Certificate: M Mystery | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Quiet young Orfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother. After two leads turn up with ice picks stuck in them, he discovers blackmail photos ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powelll, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf
The Big Sleep (1978)
Crime | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Set in England, rather than California, the story follows Raymond Chandler's book fairly closely otherwise. Philip Marlowe is asked by the elderly (and near death) General Sternwood to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Planted in a Tokyo crime syndicate, a U.S. Army Investigator attempts to probe the coinciding death of a fellow Army official.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This, the second adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, is much closer to the source text than the original - Murder, My Sweet (1944), which tended to avoid some of the sleazier parts of ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Richards
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland
Black Angel (1946)
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre
Cornered (1945)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel
Comedy | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sardonic detective Shane, thrown out of one town for bringing trouble, heads for home and his ex-partner's detective agency. The business is in a sad way, and Shane, who has had the ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth
The Enforcer (1951)
Drama | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc.

Directors: Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A private detective, who has been shot, stumbles into the office of Michael Shayne (Hugh Beaumont), and dies before Shayne can question him. Shayne finds a baggage ticket in his hand. He ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Hugh Beaumont, Cheryl Walker, Paul Bryar
Marlowe (TV Movie 2007)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Legendary private eye Philip Marlowe takes on new cases.

Director: Rob Bowman
Stars: Ara Anton, Sherman Augustus, Michael Patrick Breen


Cast overview:
Heather Angel ...
Myrle Davis
Doris Merrick ...
Linda Conquest Murdock
Ralph Byrd ...
Lou Venter, bodyguard
Richard Lane ...
Lt. Breeze
Sheila Bromley ...
Lois Morny
Morris Ankrum ...
Alexander Morny
Mrs. Murdock


A private detective is hired to retrieve a valuable antique coin that was stolen from its owner by her son, who used it to pay off a blackmailer. The private eye soon finds himself up to his ears in fights, more blackmail, hysterical women and murder. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Mike Shayne in a killer-diller of a chiller-diller... with no time out to count the corpses! See more »







Release Date:

22 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Murder, Murder Everywhere  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


[first lines]
[Mike is speaking on the phone to a potential client with his feet propped on his desk revealing the holes in the soles of his shoes]
Michael Shayne: You want what? Oh, references. Well, sure, I'd glad to give you some references. You can call Senator Hugh Oglethorpe - no, no, no, you'd better not. I beat Hughie playing golf yesterday. You can call Sid Dreyfuss. Mm-hmm. That's Judge Sidney Dreyfuss, yeah - the State Supreme Court. Oh, that reminds me; I'm supposed to have dinner with him tonight. ...
See more »


Follows Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940) See more »


I Had the Craziest Dream
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Harry Warren
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fast-Paced and Exciting
30 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Time to Kill is a fast-paced, thrilling Michael Shayne mystery adapted from a Raymond Chandler novel and sped up to fit just inside an hour. Mrs. Murdock hires Shayne to find her daughter-in-law, a chorus girl who stole a precious coin from her home. Murdock's son is an odd sort of fellow who appears now and then to create a sense that Shayne is being watched, not the sort of guy that could be trusted. When Shayne meets the daughter-in-law, aptly named Miss Conquest, he discovers a beautiful girl just as eager to get out of the Murdock family as Mrs. Murdock is to get her out. Something doesn't quite fit.

Don't blink your eyes or you'll miss something; you have to be able to keep up with this one to truly enjoy it. Maybe some practice with other Lloyd Nolan movies will do the trick.

Nolan gets some great lines and utilizes them well. His tough guy might not be as memorable as Edward G. Robinson's, Humphrey Bogart's, or Dick Powell's, but he gets the job done. He is flanked by a b-movie cast, including the lovely Heather Angel, but don't see b-movie and think you'll be losing out on quality. You don't want your murder mysteries to be polished anyway; the dirtier, the better.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
reviewer McGonagle made a mistake.... Jimbo52
Time to Kill on DVD estein-3
Discuss Time to Kill (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: