Poster

This Gun for Hire ()


Reference View | Change View


When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.

Director:
Award:
Reviews:

Photos and Videos

Cast verified as complete

Edit
...
Ellen Graham
...
Michael Crane
...
Willard Gates
...
Philip Raven
...
Alvin Brewster
...
Tommy
...
Blair Fletcher (as Olin Howlin)
Roger Imhof ...
Senator Burnett
...
Annie
...
Albert Baker
...
Drew
...
Ruby
...
Steve Finnerty
...
Police Captain
...
Slukey
...
Albert Baker's Secretary
Mary Davenport ...
Salesgirl
...
Rooming House Manager
...
Male Dressmaker
Earle S. Dewey ...
Mr. Collins (as Earle Dewey)
...
Scissor Grinder
Lynda Grey ...
Gates' Secretary
Virita Campbell ...
Little Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Anderson ...
Plainclothesman (uncredited)
...
Piano Player (uncredited)
Ernest Baskett ...
Porter (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ...
Innocent Dupe (uncredited)
...
Waitress (uncredited)
...
Superintendent (uncredited)
William Cabanne ...
Laundry Truck Driver (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ...
Demolition Foreman (uncredited)
...
Policeman (uncredited)
Kenneth Chryst ...
Workman (uncredited)
...
Showgirl at Neptune Club (uncredited)
...
Superintendent (uncredited)
Joan Evans ...
Saleslady's Mother (uncredited)
...
Night Watchman (uncredited)
...
Maid in Dress Shop (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ...
Woman on Bridge (uncredited)
...
Policeman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Man at Rehearsal (uncredited)
...
Man in Restaurant Recognizing Gates (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ...
Old Irishman (uncredited)
...
Dancer (uncredited)
Lora Lee ...
Girl in Car (uncredited)
...
Man who Bumps into Raven (uncredited)
Patsy Mace ...
Young Girl in Reception Room (uncredited)
...
Policeman (uncredited)
John Marston ...
Superintendent (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ...
Detective (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ...
Doorman (uncredited)
...
Pullman Waiter (uncredited)
...
Receptionist (uncredited)
...
Conductor (uncredited)
...
Mrs. Mason (uncredited)
Reed Porter ...
Workman (uncredited)
Lee Prather ...
Gateman (uncredited)
...
Man at Audition (uncredited)
...
Neptune Club Waiter (uncredited)
...
Man with Monkey (uncredited)
Dick Rush ...
Lt. Clark (uncredited)
...
Weems - Guard (uncredited)
...
Keever (uncredited)
Oscar Smith ...
Train Porter (uncredited)
Alan Speer ...
Frog (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ...
Police Captain at Train Station (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ...
Officer Glennon (uncredited)
...
Machinist (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ...
Police Sgt. Charlie Carlisle (uncredited)
Fred Walburn ...
Walt - Newsboy (uncredited)
...
Young Man (uncredited)
Pat West ...
Janitor (uncredited)
Gloria Williams ...
Woman (uncredited)
...
Jimmie (uncredited)

Directed by

Edit
Frank Tuttle

Written by

Edit
Albert Maltz ... (screen play) and
W.R. Burnett ... (screen play)
 
Graham Greene ... (based on the novel by)
 
Frank Tuttle ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

Edit
Richard Blumenthal ... associate producer
Buddy G. DeSylva ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Edit
David Buttolph ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

Edit
John F. Seitz ... director of photography (as John Seitz)

Film Editing by

Edit
Archie Marshek ... (edited by)

Production Design by

Edit
Lynd Ward ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Edit
Hans Dreier
Robert Usher

Makeup Department

Edit
Wally Westmore ... director of makeup

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Edit
George Templeton ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Edit
John Cope ... sound recordist
Philip Wisdom ... sound recordist (as Phillip Wisdom)

Visual Effects by

Edit
Farciot Edouart ... special photographic effects
Gordon Jennings ... special photographic effects
William L. Pereira ... special photographic effects (as William Pereira)

Stunts

Edit
Chuck Hamilton ... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Edit
Mal Bulloch ... still photographer (uncredited)
Buck Walters ... camera boom operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Edit
Edith Head ... gowns: Miss Lake
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

Edit
Frank Loesser ... songs: lyrics by
Jacques Press ... songs: music by
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Walter Scharf ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Edit
Teet Carle ... publicist (uncredited)
Marian Chavez ... technical advisor: magic tricks (uncredited)
Jimmy Grippo ... technical advisor: magic tricks (uncredited)
Frank Herman ... technical advisor: magic tricks (uncredited)
George King ... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies

Edit

Distributors

Edit

Special Effects

Edit

Other Companies

Edit

Storyline

Edit
Plot Summary

Hit man Philip Raven, who's kind to children and cats, kills a blackmailer and is paid off by traitor Willard Gates in "hot" money. Meanwhile, pert entertainer Ellen Graham, girlfriend of police Lieut. Crane (who's after Raven) is enlisted by a Senate committee to help investigate Gates. Raven, seeking Gates for revenge, meets Ellen on the train; their relationship gradually evolves from that of killer and potential victim to an uneasy alliance against a common enemy. Written by Rod Crawford

Plot Keywords
Taglines Lover without a heart...killer without a conscience! See more »
Genres
Parents Guide Add content advisory for parents »
Certification

Additional Details

Edit
Also Known As
  • Tueur à gages (France)
  • El cuervo (Spain)
  • Contratado para matar (Spain)
  • De omgekochte doder (Belgium, Flemish title)
  • Acest ucigaş tocmit (Romania)
  • See more »
Runtime
  • 81 min
Country
Language
Color
Aspect Ratio
Sound Mix
Filming Locations

Box Office

Budget $500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Edit
Trivia The movie's poster was as #17 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere. See more »
Goofs In the scene early in the movie where Raven shoots through the door to kill the female witness, the slide on his 1903 model Colt pocket automatic doesn't cycle and no empty cartridge is ejected, indicating that the pistol was loaded with a low-powered blank. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). See more »
Soundtracks I've Got You See more »
Quotes Ruby: What's the matter? You look like you've been on a hayride with Dracula.
See more »

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed