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15 September 1945 (USA) See more »
Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal; use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tom Trout ... Police Officer Dennis Nordell
Richard Gaines ... Police Inspector Dana

Anthony Caruso ... Frankie (as Tony Caruso)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Beaumont ... Police Academy Graduate (uncredited)
William Challee ... Snorky (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Veteran Policeman Mc Guinnes (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Calvin 'Whitey' Foster (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Police Captain R. C. Johnson (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Police Lab Technician Wilson (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Police Lt. O'Neill (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Chief of Police (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Ex-Con Thug (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Losey 
Writing credits
Charles F. Royal (story) (as Charles Francis Royal)

Richard H. Landau  (as Richard Landau)

Original Music by
Max Terr 
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 46: A Gun in His Hand" - USA (series title)
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19 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10966)


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Crime Does Not Pay, 1 January 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Gun in His Hand, A (1945)

*** (out of 4)

Nice entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series deals with a corrupt cop. Officer Dennis Nordell (Tom Trout) goes through the police training at the top of his class but his real goal after graduation is using this knowledge to pull off the perfect robberies. Nordell and his gang start knocking off alcohol warehouses but soon a patrolman is killed in action and his plan starts to unravel. This was the forty-six entry in the long-running series and it once again shows why this was one of the most entertaining series out there. Once again we're treated to a very good story with some good twists and nice acting. I'm not sure if fans of today's crime dramas would get too much from this series but fans of older movies certainly will. This episode had a pretty good story as seeing the cop use his knowledge to pull off the crimes was an interesting set up and the film does a nice job at closing things down. As usual, we get some nice action along the way and Trout makes for a good bad guy.

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