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A Gun in His Hand (1945)

A man joins the police force to learn police procedures with the intention of getting away with crimes.


Joseph Losey


Richard H. Landau (original story by) (as Richard Landau), Charles F. Royal (screen play by) (as Charles Francis Royal)

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Complete credited cast:
Tom Trout Tom Trout ... Police Officer Dennis Nordell
Richard Gaines ... Police Inspector Dana
Anthony Caruso ... Frankie (as Tony Caruso)


Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal - use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime. Camouflaged by his uniform and badge, he pulls off a number of seemingly foolproof crimes, but is eventually trapped by an overlooked bit of evidence too small to be seen. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Crime | Short


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Release Date:

15 September 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 46: A Gun in His Hand See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The weight of the green wax sample is stated to be "one-one thousandth of a milligram." A scale with this accuracy, if one even existed in 1945, would have cost well-beyond the means of a police station's budget. The statement likely should have been either "one-one thousandth of a gram" or "one milligram." See more »


Follows Women in Hiding (1940) See more »

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Not great but worth seeing
24 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very unusual installment of the Crime Does Not Pay series in that the bad guy in this one is a cop! Officer Nordell (Tom Trout) just completed his training in the police academy and you then discover that he's always been a member of organized crime! He joined the police force in order to be an inside man and help the crooks!

When Nordell is discovered by one of his fellow policemen, Nordell kills him--shooting him down with his service revolver. However, the police learn that the slug was from a police gun and begin examining the guns of all officers. Not surprisingly, Nordell switched guns to avoid detection but you know, like all the Crime Does Not Pay films, that ultimately evil will be caught and punished.

This is a decent short film, though the resolution seemed a bit too easy. Still, it is enjoyable and worth your time.

By the way, this is the second film in which Anthony Caruso appears. Caruso played great noir villains and even parodied this on the "Star Trek" episode "A Piece of the Action".

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