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Kid Glove Killer (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | April 1942 (USA)
Crime lab expert Gordon McKay uses the latest forensic techniques to solve murders in a city plagued by political corruption and mob rackets.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Allen Rivkin (screenplay), John C. Higgins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Gordon McKay
Marsha Hunt ... Jane Mitchell
Lee Bowman ... Gerald Ladimer
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mayor Daniels
Cliff Clark ... Captain Lynch
Eddie Quillan ... Eddie Wright
John Litel ... Matty
Cathy Lewis ... Bessie Wright (as Catherine Lewis)
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Daniels
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First feature film from director Fred Zinneman is a snappy little "B" feature that features Van Heflin as the head of a city crime lab who solves the murder of the town mayor by analyzing evidence from the crime. Written by <jbsports@li.net>

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Crime under the microscope.Introducing Police chemist Gordon McKay.


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Along Came Murder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$199,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$336,000, 31 December 1942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$550,000, 31 December 1942
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Connie Gilchrist (Mrs. Harrison Chetwode), Naomi Childers (Miss Huser), Mary Currier (Manager), Charles Wagenheim (Martin), 'Florence Wright' (Saleslady), Harry Strang and Ted Oliver. Childers was apparently replaced by May McAvoy. See more »

Goofs

In the very first scene, the city view with busy street is reversed. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Wright: Just bury me with one of your swell hamburgers on my chest.
Bessie Wright: With onions?
Eddie Wright: You oughta know by now.
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Remake of They're Always Caught (1938) See more »

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"Just bury me with one of your swell hamburgers on my chest."
13 April 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Van Heflin plays the head of the police crime lab who investigates the murder of a district attorney and a mayor. His assistant (Marsha Hunt) is in love with him but he doesn't show her that kind of attention. So when his friend (Lee Bowman), a special prosecutor working for the mayor, starts romancing her we get ourselves a good old-fashioned love triangle.

Heflin is terrific and has great chemistry with lovely Hunt. The killer's identity is easy to figure out. It's pretty much the most obvious suspect. But thankfully the film doesn't expect that mystery to play out too long and we're let in on his identity relatively quickly. Pretty good B movie from director Fred Zinnemann (his first film). The script is smart and the forensic angle is fresh for the time. The love triangle part of the story is weak but that sort of thing was very common back then.


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