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Kill Her Gently (1957)

Two convicts who have just escaped from prison are picked up by a motorist. He recognizes the men from descriptions given of them on the radio, but instead of turning them over to the ... See full summary »

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Jeff Martin
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William Connors
George Mikell ...
Lars Svenson
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Dr. Jimmy Landers
Marianne Brauns ...
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Frank Hawkins ...
Insp. Raglan
John Gayford ...
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Roger Avon ...
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David Lawton ...
Slade
Elaine Wells ...
Mrs. Douglas
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Two convicts who have just escaped from prison are picked up by a motorist. He recognizes the men from descriptions given of them on the radio, but instead of turning them over to the police, he proposes to hire them to murder his wife. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"She's the only wife I have, so...KILL HER Gently!"

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William Connors: You don't have the guts, kid. You never did have.
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Desperate hours
2 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Kill Her Gently is a sub Hitchcockian British B thriller starring American Marc Lawrence who had escaped to Europe after being blacklisted for his political views in the 1950s.

Two convicts break out of prison. Connors is an American and Svenson is a Swede. While on the run they are picked up by a motorist, Martin who realises who they are but helps them pass a police road block. Martin makes the a proposition to the fugitive. He will help them leave the country if in return they will kill his wife.

It looks like Martin is more deranged than the convicts who has suffered a mental breakdown for which his wife had him sectioned and who also thinks she might be having an affair.

Most of the film is set in the couple's home as Martin initially comes across as a victim with his wife. However the convicts become reluctant carrying out his task especially Svenson.

This is a tight, short thriller but with a very rushed ending. Marc Lawrence impresses as a tough guy with a looming conscious. Griffith Jones is also memorable as the conniving, cunning and desperate husband who wants to punish his wife for having him incarcerated.


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