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Assassin for Hire (1951)

 -  Crime | Mystery  -  1952 (USA)
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Pretending to be rare stamp dealer, a man devotedly supports wife and musically talented younger brother as a professional hit-man.



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Complete credited cast:
Sydney Tafler ...
Antonio Riccardi
Ronald Howard ...
Detective Inspector Carson
Katharine Blake ...
Maria Riccardi
John Hewer ...
Giuseppe Riccardi
June Rodney ...
Helen Garrett
Gerald Case ...
Detective Sgt. Stott
Ian Wallace ...
Reginald Dyson ...
Josef Meyerling
Martin Benson ...
Sam Kydd ...
Ewen Solon ...


Pretending to be rare stamp dealer, a man devotedly supports wife and musically talented younger brother as a professional hit-man.

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Detective Ronald Howard lays a snare for assassin Sydney Tafler
14 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The picture opens with an assassination of an unknown man, followed by detective Ronald Howard philosophizing that he is willing to use extraordinary (deceptive, underhanded, tricky) means to catch criminals. There is one suspect he is after, who is a paid assassin, and he will use a deception in his effort to trap him.

We learn fairly quickly that Sydney Tafler is the suspected quarry of Howard, but he lacks proof. Tafler is paying for alibis. He also has a front as a stamp dealer. His home life includes hectoring his younger brother into becoming a top violin player in order to fulfill a promise made to their deceased mother.

"Assassin for Hire" is a British crime noir of the short b-movie variety. It plays and looks at many junctures much like an episode for television.

Tafler's performance is what makes this film at all memorable.

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