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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.

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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She Could Make A Man Do Anything... Even Murder! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area took place Friday 18 February 1949 on the Film Theater of the Air on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Triple Indemnity
21 October 2013 | by AaronIgaySee all my reviews

This film was an unapologetic rip-off of "Double Indemnity" which has been called 'The First Film Noir' and was released a year earlier. Not a total failure, but without the star power and amazing dialog of 'Indemnity' there really is just no comparison. Of course you still get Hollywood rip- offs today, but seems they can't get away with anything so blatant as this low-budget rush job from PRC productions. The film does give you another look at Ann Savage who also played the femme fatale in another fantastic noir "Detour." Perhaps it is worth watching as a good example of what the lower tier or 'poverty row' studios could produce on a shoestring before they all gradually disappeared in the 50s.


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