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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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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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Not bad for the budget
6 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a cheap Lippert b-movie that overachieves its budget with such little extras as a great piano player, the solid Charles Trowbridge as a D.A., and some flashes of good cinematography. Taught with constant danger, it is sort of a hodgepodge of flashbacks, confusing plot twists and fast pace. The way it just keeps relentlessly forging ahead keeps you interested enough to see what happens next.

Russell Wade, a nice guy type on-screen and off, is perfectly cast as the crusading newsman. Susan Walters, 35-ish veteran actress and no young piece of fluff, is convincingly hard as a strong-willed woman with big ideas. The villains are numerous (almost everybody is a villain) and are all well cast.

Despite the flaws that are very well set forth by other reviewers in this section (probably better than I could recount them) this movie somehow kept me entertained, if a bit confused at times. So yes, it is possible to make a fairly satisfying film on a shoestring budget. That is the bottom line on "Shoot to Kill".


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