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Shoot to Kill (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 March 1947 (USA)
A woman apparently marries a corrupt deputy D.A. to get evidence that a certain criminal was framed for murder.

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Marian Langdon (as Susan Walters)
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Lawrence Dale (as Edmond MacDonald)
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Dixie Logan (as Douglas Blackley)
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Charlie Gill
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Gus Miller
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John Forsythe
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Jim Forman
Ted Hecht ...
Al Collins
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Mike Blake (as Harry Chesire)
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Smokey
Eddie Foster ...
Bingo
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Deputy Clem Sparks (as Frank O'Conner)
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Blackie
Robert Riordan ...
Ed Carter
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Gangster Dixie Logan is framed by crooked DA Lawrence Dale. His wife secures a job as Dale's assistant, the better to find the proof of the DA's dishonesty. She gets help from Reporter Mitchell, who falls in love with her. Written by Christof Roscher

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A Newspaperman... A Grafting Politician... And A Beautiful Girl... In A Story Of Underworld Revenge!


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George 'Mitch' Mitchell: I was having a little chat - with Dixie Logan
Lawrence Dale: What? But how could you?
George 'Mitch' Mitchell: Oh, it was easy. First he'd say something then I'd say something.
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Complex film noir about a corrupt district attorney, a frame-up, and his secretary-bride.
26 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Screen Guild Productions produced a fine noir in "Shoot to Kill" (1947). Although it runs only 63 minutes, it is quite complex. Much of it is told in flashback, but the person telling the flashback could not have witnessed all the scenes that are depicted. This lapse is not difficult to forgive for any die-hard noir fan who will be happy that Hollywood produced such a twisty tale with so many fine camera shots in the genuine noir style. The plot ties up many loose ends, but I think there are still a number of them left hanging. Otherwise, I'd rate this higher.

Jazz fans will appreciate a nice spot given over to Gene Rodgers playing a boogie-woogie tune without interruption. Rodgers is the pianist who played with Coleman Hawkins on the 1939 Body and Soul. His 4-bar introduction is known to all such music-lovers.

The director was William Berke. He specialized in these b-movies, and he did it with flair and a sure hand. The cinematographer was Benjamin H. Kline. He did a terrific job here, and he was experienced in b-noirs such as The Judge, Roses are Red, Second Chance, and The Invisible Wall. I also liked the music score done by Darrell Calker. The right sort of music is a critical ingredient in film noir without which these films would not be anywhere near as good as they are. Calker did scores for Manhandled, The Hoodlum and FBI Girl, among others.

All the actors came through with solid characterizations that capture one's attention. The parts written for the assistant D.A. (Edmund MacDonald) and his secretary-wife (Luana Walters) are the most extensive and the most interesting, because of the twists involved. Her part is a standout. Also scoring were Nestor Paiva as a gangster and Robert Kent as an opposing gangster.

The story opens in an intriguing way with police chasing a car in the dead of night. It goes off the road down a steep hill and 2 of the 3 occupants end up dead: MacDonald and Kent. MacDonald's secretary (Walters) is injured but alive, and she relates what happened to reporter Russell Wade and how a gangster came to be with them and chased by the police.

You're on your own after that.


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