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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Along Came Murder See more »

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Budget:

$199,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film did well at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $161,000 ($2.51M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

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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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A decent formula movie by a young Fred Zinneman
20 June 2018 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Kid Gloves Killer (1942)

There might be little to recommend this movie beyond a look at Van Heflin in a constrained early role. Oh, and that the director is the noted Fred Zinneman himself. This is a crime caper formula movie, and it's enjoyable all through. For me, a highlight was the unexpected ease of the leading actress, Marsha Hunt (who is still alive at 100 years old as I write this). She is a kind of "regular girl" who everyone is meant to like, but she has a natural presence on screen that seems like should have meant something bigger. Maybe that kind of "normalness" isn't quite star material, not bigger than life. But see it for her, at least. Heflin is an acquired taste these days, but an interesting leading man a little different than the rest (he's great in "Martha Ivers" and "Act of Violence"). His role here is meant to be a really determined and incorruptable science guy in a crime lab. There is a little of that show-and-tell that happens in some detective movies of the time, but not too much to make it lag. The plot owes something to gangster films, where the big crime guy has the D.A. in his pocket. But this same man is also in love (or pretends to be) with the Hunt character. It's all in good entertainment fun, however, nothing too thrilling, and nothing too corny or cheap either. Back to Zinneman. This is his first feature film direction. The snappy, smart construction might be a sign of things to come, once he gets meatier material. Interesting!


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