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Hit and Run (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 March 1957 (USA)
A mechanic wants his boss's younger wife for himself, and plans on using a junkyard car to run him over, then dismantling it.



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Cast overview:
Julie Hilmer
Gus Hilmer / Twin Brother
Dolores Reed ...
Mara Lea ...
Anita (as Mari Lea)
Pat Goldin ...
Carl Milletaire ...
Robert Cassidy ...
Dick Paxton ...
Julie Mitchum ...
Circus Girl
Steve Mitchell ...
Jan Englund ...
Ella Mae Morse ...


Garage owner Gus Hilmer marries showgirl Julie, many years his junior, and this causes a conflict between Gus and Frankie, a young mechanic he has befriended. FRankie falls in love with Julie and she, as expected in any Hugo Hass film, can not resist his advances. Frankie puts together an automobile out of parts lying around in Gus's junkyard, and forces Julie to accompany him, as he follows Gus and runs him down on a lonely road, and later dismantles the car/murder weapon. Unexpected by the lovers, but not any audience that had seen any Hass film, his twin brother, just release from prison, turns up at the reading of the will, and moves in as half-owner of the garage. So, he and his brother's widow then get together and knock off Frankie? No, nothing that simple from Hair-Shirt Hugo. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"I can't give you anything but love--and murder, baby!"


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15 March 1957 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Hugo Haas contends with wife Cleo Moore's attraction to Vince Edwards and vice versa
20 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Hit and Run" was written and directed by Hugo Haas. He also stars in it. He plays the owner of a gas station and auto junk yard, who falls in love with showgirl Cleo Moore and marries her. (This was her last film.) Vince Edwards is Haas's mechanic and he falls hard for Ms. Moore too. She resists, but underneath she wants him too.

This arrangement with all three in close proximity leads approximately into a "Postman Rings Twice" kind of scenario with twists that do not appear in that movie and make this story original. This is a film noir tale and a film noir, but the directing of Haas doesn't do all that much to make the film artistically noir.

Noir fans will want to see this film, but not everyone is going to abide Haas. The screen presence of Haas and the kind of part he has here and in other films is unusual, to say the least. He's typically gregarious, intelligent, generous, talkative, caring and avuncular, even as he marries a beautiful leading lady. He comes across schmaltzy. His acting style doesn't meld well with any established school of acting, other than perhaps being a very pale knockoff of Paul Muni's but without Muni's talent for becoming a different character. Haas is simply so much in view that this tends to break down the fourth wall. But if one can get by that, the movies of his really aren't bad at all.

In this one, Ms. Moore is radiant and does a nice job as a woman caught between two men. Edwards is an actor who grows on you. He's serious and moody. He doesn't overact. You sense how he feels and feels deeply. Haas as writer also gave him some good quips. The plot also carries this film along by having some unique twists. So, the IMDb rating is about right.

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