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They Made Me a Killer (1946)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  3 May 1946 (USA)
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A young girl tries to prove a man innocent of robbery and murder charges.

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Betty Farrington
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Patrolman Al Wilson
Elisabeth Risdon ...
'Ma' Conley (as Elizabeth Risdon)
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Steve Reynolds
Edmund MacDonald ...
Jack Conley aka Chance
Ralph Sanford ...
Patrolman Roach
James Bush ...
Frank Conley
Paul Harvey ...
District Attorney Booth
John Harmon ...
Joe Lafferty
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Tom Durling is falsely accused of a bank robbery and murder. In order to clear his name, and that of the brother of his fiancée who was killed in the course of the robbery by the robbers, he flees. With the aid of his fiancée, June Reynolds, he sets out to find the needed evidence to convict the actual criminals. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Accused of robbery and murder, Robert Lowery tracks the real gang with help of Barbara Britton
13 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As always, Robert Lowery is a reliable leading man in this 64-minute noir, "They Made Me A Killer" (1946), put out by the Pine-Thomas unit. He's made into a patsy who looks to the police like a wheel man on a bank holdup and also a killer. All he did was be nice to Lola Lane as he tried to sell his hot rod car, but she fooled him. In the gang is Edmund MacDonald, a b-player I recognized from "Shoot to Kill", another b-noir. The gang is co-led by Elizabeth Risdon, also someone recognizable by face and voice if not by name. Barbara Britton is on hand to help Lowery track down the real culprits because her brother was shot in the bank holdup. The handcuffed Lowery managed to escape in a nicely-handled sequence in a hospital, where he's been taken to get this brother to clear his name. Unfortunately, he expires before saying a word.

The story is action-packed. Lowery is no moral paragon. Rather bitter, he entertains notions of joining the gang and even sharing the loot. With gun in hand, he's quite threatening.

Noir style and atmosphere are not really developed in this film, which is why it's not a classic. It's noir because of a certain unrelenting focus on Lowery's disillusioned strivings. He really sees no way out but to grab some loot and scram. Britton sees things differently.


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