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Shield for Murder (1954)

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When a brutal police detective Lt. murders a bookmaker's runner for $25,000 in cash, a deaf mute sees him do it, and now he finds he must kill again to try and cover his tracks.

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Cast

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Detective Lt. Barney Nolan
Marla English ...
Patty Winters
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Detective. Sgt. Mark Brewster
Emile Meyer ...
Capt. Gunnarson
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Beth--Girl at Bar
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Fat Michaels
Lawrence Ryle ...
Laddie O'Neil (as Larry Ryle)
Herbert Butterfield ...
Cabot--Police Reporter
Hugh Sanders ...
Packy Reed
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Assistant D.A.
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A vicious cop kills a bookie's runner and steals $25,000 from the corpse. He then frames everyone in sight in order to keep to the money to buy a model home for his would-be lounge singer girlfriend. Written by Ed Lorusso

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So savage, so stark, so vicious, it'll make your skin crawl! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Release Date:

27 August 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freibrief für Mord  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Stafford Repp's first film. See more »

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Though he is deaf, witness Ernst Sternmueller is described as earning money by playing the accordion. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Detective Capt. Gunnarson: [to police reporter] Write his story good.
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good cop goes bad
2 April 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

I cannot say that this is one of the better films noir, but it's a good example of the way this kind of film was drifting in the early fifties: away from the studios; toward independent production; more cars, fewer subways; a vaguely documentary air, ala Jack Webb, rather than the more elegant stylization we associate with the forties; more outdoor scenes, fewer cramped rooms; and overall a movement away from the Gothic and toward a more contemporary, which is to say paranoid mood. Having said this, it ain't a bad picture. Edmond O'Brien (who also had a hand behind the camera) plays a basically decent and fair cop who gives in to temptation and steals some money from a bad guy. He pays dearly for his transgression. O'Brien is edgier and tougher than usual; the rest of the cast is okay. This is an extremely watchable film. It involves you more than most police thrillers. I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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