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Short Cut to Hell (1957)

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A professional hitman is hired by a friend to commit two murders. His friend pays him off in what turns out to be stolen money, and the police soon trace the money to him. On the run, he ... See full summary »

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Murvyn Vye ...
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A professional hitman is hired by a friend to commit two murders. His friend pays him off in what turns out to be stolen money, and the police soon trace the money to him. On the run, he kidnaps the girlfriend of the police detective in charge of his pursuit and threatens to kill her unless the hunt is called off. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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À deux pas de l'enfer  »

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In Oct. 1957, this film was widely exhibited on the drive-in theater circuit on a double bill with The Devil's Hairpin (1957). See more »

Quotes

[Kyle just told Glory that he's a professional killer]
Glory Hamilton: Is there anything you like about yourself?
Kyle: Yeah. I never miss.
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Version of This Gun for Hire (1991) See more »

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How'd Ya Like to Love Me?
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Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
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Short Cut to Cagneyville
30 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the only film James Cagney directed, and for a first-time effort, this remake of THIS GUN FOR HIRE is not too shabby. Cagney supposedly made the film as a favor to producer A.C. Lyles, and he did not really intend to pursue a career as a director. While it may not be up to the original, the film still has a good deal of Cagney-esque energy, and enough suspense to sustain viewer interest.

Actress Georgann Johnson is cast in the Veronica Lake role, and she applies a serious amount of realism. At one point, she has to walk down the aisle of a train, and she does it very subtly as if her equilibrium is off-balance, which if you think about it, it should be. How come other actors do not walk realistically on trains, planes and other fast-moving transportation in movies? Maybe they should consult Miss Johnson for pointers.


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