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Shoot First (1953)

Rough Shoot (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Thriller | 15 May 1953 (USA)
U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Robert Taine and his wife Cecily live in a village in England. While hunting on some land he has recently purchased, he shoots a load of buckshot at a man he thinks is... See full summary »

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Taine
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Blossom
Denis Lehrer ...
Reimann
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Hiart
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Diss
Powys Thomas ...
Ambulance Driver
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Cecily
Robert Dickens ...
Tommy
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Mrs. Powell
Ellis Irving ...
Wharton
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Magda
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Hassingham
Cyril Raymond ...
Cartwright
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Sandorski
Roland Culver ...
Randall
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U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Robert Taine and his wife Cecily live in a village in England. While hunting on some land he has recently purchased, he shoots a load of buckshot at a man he thinks is a poacher but, upon examination, he discovers the man is dead and believes,at first, he has killed him. With the police and the Secret Service chasing him, he trails a suspect to London and this leads him to an espionage gang. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1.37 : 1
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Act Three Is Worth The Wait
1 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Espionage Thriller that really takes awhile to take off, as the slow moving startup is meant to propel Joel McCrea into a Spy Ring and Set Up a Situation that may remind the Viewer of Hitchcock.

But this is rather awkward at first and never attains much Mystery or Suspense until things leave the Countryside. Herbert Lom's Performance borders on Broad Comedy and holds things back somewhat.

There is enough here to be an Entertaining Piece of Cold War Propaganda, but never really kicks into High Gear until the Final Act. Up to that point things are really Talky and Stodgy, but it does manage to display some Atmospheric Tension during the Chase through a Wax Museum and in the Bowels of a Cityscape.


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