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Murder by Contract (1958)

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Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman.

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Claude
Phillip Pine ...
Marc
Herschel Bernardi ...
George
Caprice Toriel ...
Billie Williams
Michael Granger ...
Mr. Moon
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Mary - Secretary and Party Girl (as Cathy Browne)
Joseph Mell ...
Harry - Hotel Room Waiter
Frances Osborne ...
Miss Wiley - Ex-maid
Steven Ritch ...
Detective Shooting Tear Gas
Janet Brandt
Davis Roberts ...
Hall of Records Clerk
Don Garrett ...
James William Mayflower - Plainclothesman
Gloria Victor ...
Miss Wexley - Bunco Squad
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Claude is a young man with a regular job, no history of trouble with the law and no chance of making any real money. He also has the brains and emotional detachment to make the big bucks as a hit man, and that becomes his new job title. A string of successful hits gets him sent to Los Angeles for his latest job. There he is accompanied by two goons: one who is perpetually nervous and the other who quickly worships the young man as a hero. The cold, ruthless hit man finally becomes unglued when he finds out that his latest target is a woman. She's a witness, set to testify against his boss, and guarded day and night by the police. It's her femininity that worries Claude: women are unpredictable, they don't do what you expect. Claude eventually proves that he is the unpredictable one and his own worst enemy. Written by J. Spurlin

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It's Kill or Be Killed!


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December 1958 (USA)  »

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Assassino per contratto  »

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The abandoned movie studio location in the film is the former Charlie Chaplin Studio. See more »

Quotes

Marc: Look, boy, you and me, we don't pretend to be supermen. Me, I don't even claim to be Mighty Mouse.
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Referenced in The American Soldier (1970) See more »

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I know Quentin had to have seen this flick!
16 February 2004 | by (Richmond, VA) – See all my reviews

This little gem has dialogue to die for. Production values? We don't need no stinking production values. Not with lines like "You know what you have to be to get a gun like that, George? A civilized country. Are you a civilized country?" Vince Edwards is awesome. I am convinced this is an ancestor of "Pulp Fiction".


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