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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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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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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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Dame-hungry killer-cop runs berserk! See more »

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27 August 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freibrief für Mord  »

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Stafford Repp's first film. See more »

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When barney is removing his prints from the witness' apartment, he is always without gloves except for one quick shot when a gloved hand (Barney's) is opening the door. See more »

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[first lines]
Detective Capt. Gunnarson: [to police reporter] Write his story good.
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solid b film of not so solid cop
18 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

One of those B movies of the fifties, while not great, that is always enjoyable. O'Brien plays detective who is sick of struggling and wants some big dough quick and easy. He murders a stoolie who has $25,000 on him. His longtime partner and friend, Agar, doesn't want to believe his friend could commit such a heinous crime, but all evidence points in that direction. Agar is good as frustrated detective. The funniest scene in the film is Akins pursuing O'Brien through school corridors with his head all bandaged up from blows O'Brien inflicted earlier. Marla English is almost Elizabeth Taylorian in her looks as girlfriend of O'Brien, although I'm not sure what his appeal is.


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