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Apology for Murder (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 September 1945 (USA)
When a reporter helps his girlfriend murder her rich husband, an innocent man gets the blame and faces execution.


Sam Newfield


Fred Myton (screenplay), Fred Myton (original story)


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Cast overview:
Ann Savage ... Toni Kirkland
Hugh Beaumont ... Kenny Blake
Russell Hicks ... Harvey Kirkland
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Ward McKee
Pierre Watkin ... Craig Jordan
Sarah Padden ... Maggie - the Janitress
Norman Willis ... Allen Webb
Eva Novak ... Kirkland's Maid
Budd Buster ... Jed - the Caretaker
George Sherwood George Sherwood ... Police Lt. Edwards
Wheaton Chambers Wheaton Chambers ... Minister
Arch Hall Sr. Arch Hall Sr. ... Paul (as Archie Hall)
Elizabeth Valentine Elizabeth Valentine ... Mrs. Harper - Rancher's Wife
Henry Hall ... Prison Warden


Reporter Kenny Blake (Hugh Beaumont) falls in love with scheming Toni Kirkland ('Ann Savage') not knowing that she is married to Harvey Kirkland (Russell Hicks), a man years older than she. By the time he finds out, he is so under her spell that he murders her husband which is what Toni had planned all along. City editor Ward McKee (Charles D. Brown, Kenny's boss and best friend, begins to pursue the tangled threads of the crime relentlessly and gradually closes the net on Kenny. The latter is mortally wounded by Toni, who has deserted him for another man. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

27 September 1945 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to director Edgar G. Ulmer, who was working at PRC at the time this film was made, it was originally to be called "Single Indemnity" (it was a virtual copy of the Fred MacMurray/Barbara Stanwyck film Double Indemnity (1944) of a short time earlier). The producers of "Double Indemnity" got wind of it and threatened legal action. PRC then changed the title to "Apology for Murder". See more »

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Pretty good thriller despite low budget and stolen plot
30 October 2018 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Newspaper reporter Hugh Beaumont visits business magnate Russell Hicks, hoping for an interview. Instead he encounters Ann Savage, who starts right in flirting with him.

Her rich husband, she says, is always nagging her about money...she can't divorce him unless she wants to give up everything and she thinks she has earned his dough...so maybe Beaumont would like to help him have an accident? "It wouldn't be an accident then," Beaumont points out. Her reply: "But you could help me make it look like one."

It's really impossible to watch this tawdry murder tale without thinking of Double Indemnity, whose plot it brazenly copies. On its own merits, though, this is not a bad little thriller, featuring some sharp dialog, a compact story line, and a cast of B movie stalwarts:

Hugh Beaumont is quite good, dragged into a plot against his better judgment then trying haplessly to play it cool when his editor assigns him to write about the murder; Charles D. Brown is fine as the editor who smells something fishy; and Ann Savage is very unlikable but completely irresistible as the deadly female.

It's a cheap production but the story moves along swiftly. Savage's role is especially juicy in the passages in which she has to cajole Beaumont. And there are some great dialog exchanges--

Beaumont: "Sure, I know how you feel. But believe me, murder's not the right answer." Savage: "I guess you never really loved me."

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