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A Gun in His Hand (1945)

Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal; use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime. Camouflaged by his uniform and badge, he pulls of a number ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal; use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime. Camouflaged by his uniform and badge, he pulls of a number of seemingly foolproof crimes, but is eventually trapped by an overlooked bit of evidence too small to be seen. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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15 September 1945 (USA)  »

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Crime Does Not Pay No. 46: A Gun in His Hand  »

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The weight of the green wax sample is stated to be "one-one thousandth of a milligram." A scale with this accuracy, if one even existed in 1945, would have cost well-beyond the means of a police station's budget. The statement likely should have been either "one-one thousandth of a gram" or "one milligram." See more »

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Cop College
6 February 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Considering the background checks that are done now for rookies to enter the police academy like my nephew had done on him a couple of years ago I think the plot of A Gun In His Hand would be unrealistic today. At a minimum someone with computer hacking skills would have to be in on the scheme.

Tom Trout goes to the police academy to learn police methods, the better to pull off robberies. For a while he has a good thing going, but he has to murder one of his fellow officers who recognizes him at the scene of a warehouse robbery.

I won't say more but to nail him good and proper Inspector Richard Gaines really sets him up with one elaborate con.

A Gun In His Hand won an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject and you'll recognize such character players as Anthony Caruso, Ray Teal, and Arthur Space in the cast. A worthy entry in the MGM Crime Does Not Pay series.


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