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Born to Kill (1947)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  3 May 1947 (USA)
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A calculating divorcée risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer romancing her foster sister.

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Walter Slezak ...
Arnett
Phillip Terry ...
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Audrey Long ...
Georgia
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Marty
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Laury Palmer
Esther Howard ...
Mrs. Kraft
Kathryn Card ...
Grace
Tony Barrett ...
Danny
Grandon Rhodes ...
Inspector Wilson
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Jason Robards Sr. ...
Conductor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In Reno a man kills a girl he likes and her boyfriend out of jealousy; it may not be the first time. A woman whose divorce has just come through finds the bodies but decides not to become involved. The two meet next day on the train to San Francisco unaware of this link between them. They are attracted to each other, and the relationship survives his marriage to her half-sister for money and status. It even survives the woman discovering that he was the murderer, though she may not realise how easily someone who has killed this way before can do so again. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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3 May 1947 (USA)  »

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Deadlier Than the Male  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Arnett's quote, "Where every prospect pleases and only man is vile...", is from the hymn, "From Greenland's Icy Mountains", lyrics by Reginald Heber. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Kraft rolls down the hill in the desert, her head is pointing left when she comes to a stop. After the edit (when the stunt double is replaced), her head is now pointing to the right. See more »

Quotes

Albert Arnett: It's quite all right, Mrs. Brent. I am a man of integrity, but I'm always willing to listen to an interesting offer.
Helen Brent: Well, I'm prepared to pay handsomely.
Albert Arnett: Good. Obstructing the wheels of justice is a costly affair.
Helen Brent: Five thousand dollars should do it.
Albert Arnett: Fifteen thousand dollars should do it.
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From This Day Forward
(uncredited)
Music by Leigh Harline
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If there's hard-core noir, this is it!
21 June 2000 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Robert Wise does not come to mind as a master director of film noir, but he came through with flying colors (all black) in this gem, starting out in Reno, Nevada, and ending up in San Francisco. Claire Trevor, the dark spider of so much noir, outdoes herself in cold malevolence here (she should have copped the Oscar for this film, not Key Largo). Her evenly matched partner is the frightening Lawrence Tierney (who last showed up as Elaine Benes' author dad on Seinfeld, not to mention in Prizzi's Honor and Reservoir Dogs). The supporting cast, for once, earns its keep (though Walter Slezak, as a corrupt detective, is oddly irrelevant to the story). If you're a fan of these dark post-war films, Born to Kill is central to the canon.


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