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Traveling from Chicago to California, Tom Durling (Robert Lowery) finds himself framed for robbery and murder when he is duped into driving the getaway car for a bank heist. After an auto crash leaves Durling holding the bag he escapes after being arrested, enlisting the help of the slain bank teller's sister (Barbara Britton), in order to clear himself .
They Made Me a Killer was another of the low budget film fare from Pine-Thomas Productions which at the time was the B movie arm of Paramount Pictures. Pine-Thomas was known for making movies fast, cheap and profitable. At a compact 64 minute run-time, there wasn't much in the way of character development. Like most of the quickie programmers it relied on a fast moving series of events to move to a conclusion. Given the slapdash nature of these films you generally have to suspend some degree of believability and just enjoy the ride. Even though succinct, the script is clever and lively. Killer doesn't quite have the same level of atmospheric style as a movie like "Detour", a movie of similar style and budget. This is largely due to the rapid fire pace. There really aren't any wasted or meandering scenes as Durling with single purpose tracks down those who set him up.
The cast plays it all pretty well and Lowery does a nice job as the framed-up patsy. While not likely to find it's way to many people's must see lists, They Made Me a Killer should be considered as one of the better of the old cheapie crime flicks.
6 out of 10*
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