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Paid to Kill (1954)

Five Days (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 June 1954 (USA)
A failed business deal forces James Nevill to blackmail his weak-willed friend into murdering him so that his wife can collect his insurance, but circumstances suddenly change.

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James Nevill
Cecile Chevreau ...
Joan Peterson
Paul Carpenter ...
Paul Kirby
Thea Gregory ...
Andrea Nevill
Anthony Forwood ...
Peter Glanville
Arthur Young ...
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Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Cyrus McGowan (as Howard Marion Crawford)
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A man hires a hitman to kill him so his wife can collect on his life insurance. He changes his mind, but he must get to the killer and tell him so before the killer gets to him first. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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James Nevill: How would you like to make 500 pounds?
Paul Kirby: Hanh?
James Nevill: Cash! With another 500 to come later.
Paul Kirby: [joking] Who would I have to murder for that?
James Nevill: [gravely] Just one man.
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Saratoga
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Music by Eric Winstone
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derivative noir from England
31 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dane Clark was one of the actors who went to England and made these films for Hammer, Kit Parker Films, etc.

Here he stars in "Paid to Kill," a 1954 film also starring Anthony Forwood, Paul Carpenter, and Cecile Chevreau.

Clark plays a businessman out of options when an important deal falls through. Desiring security for his wife, whom he adores, he arranges for someone to kill him.

We've seen this before, though it does contain a twist. However, it's pretty routine.

Clark was a John Garfield wannabe who had a prolific, if not spectacular career in films and television for nearly five decades.

Anthony Forwood, a tall, handsome Brit, was married to Glynis Johns before he became the manager and long-time companion of Dirk Bogarde. He actually made a few films in the '50s before working behind the scenes.

I like these black and white British mystery/suspense films. Some are better than others, but they manage to be entertaining.


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