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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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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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During Jim's struggle with the killer the shadow of a boom mike is visible in the upper left of the screen. See more »

Quotes

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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Salamanca
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Music by James Tarver
Arranged by Otto Zurmuehle
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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Before the Horror…Hammer Tried it All
29 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Hammer Studios was Yet to Find its Niche and Managed to Make B-Films of Different American Genres in Their Pre-Horror Boom. The Studio's Late Entries Into the Noir Cycle were Not Bad but Still a Day Late and a Dollar Short.

Even the American Born Genre of Film-Noir was Showing Signs of "Evolving" or "Devolving" into More Palatable Pictures in that More Optimistic and Eisenhower Friendly "Crime Dramas" and All but Abandoned the Cynicism and Dark Undertones of the Best of the Noris.

Here there are a Couple of Scenes that Remind of What those Dark Films Offered, Like a Nightmre Alley with a Killer on the Loose and a Claustrophobic Greenhouse Finale that Highlight.

Dane Clark does a Fine Job as a Fate Gone Wrong Businessman and Shows Some Range. The Supporting Cast Not So Much as Most of the Characters are Shallow and Purely Pedestrian.

Worth a Watch for Hammer Completest and B-Movie Crime Fans, but by 1954 Film-Noir was Turning into Something Different and This One was Caught on the Edge of the Transition and While Nothing Special, it is One More that Can Be Put on that List of Film-Noirs that have Many Entries that Simply Seem to Fit Arguably and Not Comfortably.


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