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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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Police Reporter  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Rajah's Blues
Written and Performed by Gene Rodgers
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Surprisingly Gripping Film Noir!
1 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

I expected little from William Berke's 1947 Shoot To Kill. In fact, my expectations were so low, I left the DVD until late at night. I was just about to retire, but thought I'd take a quick look at the opening sequence. The movie hooked me straight away. Not only was Berke's direction way more polished than his norm, the movie was most atmospherically photographed by Benjamin Kline. Deft writing by Edwin V. Westrate also helped, and the actors were great too, especially Edmund MacDonald (who reminded me of a young Citizen Kane), heroine Luana Walters, reporter Russell Wade, gangster Robert Kent, the boogie-woogie piano player Gene Rodgers, and is-he-honest-or-is-he district attorney Charles Trowbridge (in noirish close-ups, giving the best performance of his lengthy career).


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