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They Made Me a Killer (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 May 1946 (USA)
A young girl tries to prove a man innocent of robbery and murder charges.

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William C. Thomas

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes), Winston Miller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Lowery ... Tom Durling
Barbara Britton ... June Reynolds
Lola Lane ... Betty Farrington
Frank Albertson ... Patrolman Al Wilson
Elisabeth Risdon ... 'Ma' Conley (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Byron Barr ... Steve Reynolds
Edmund MacDonald ... Jack Conley aka Chance
Ralph Sanford ... Patrolman Roach
James Bush ... Frank Conley
Paul Harvey ... District Attorney Booth
John Harmon ... Joe Lafferty
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Tom Durling is falsely accused of a bank robbery and murder. In order to clear his name, and that of the brother of his fiancée who was killed in the course of the robbery by the robbers, he flees. With the aid of his fiancée, June Reynolds, he sets out to find the needed evidence to convict the actual criminals. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Escape See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Reaching for Noir
25 October 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The plot's pretty conventional, but with an unusual wrinkle . An innocent guy is trapped into helping bank robbers execute a robbery, and now the cops are chasing him. As the pursuit goes on, he joins the robbers in their hiding spot. Now the question is which way will he go. Will he join the crooks or work with a girl friend to clear himself.

Hard to believe veteran leading man Lowery could work up such energy for a programmer considering he'd done about a hundred of them. But he does. In fact it's his energy and the glowing freshness of Barbara Britton that carry the film. Then too, Lowery's character, Durling, is none too moral, meaning he's really tempted to join the bad guys once he's on the lam. And that amounts to a good, human touch from outstanding scripter Dan Mainwaring. It also helps that director Thomas keeps things moving, though the corner shoot-out and the hospital escape appear awkwardly done. Add to the mix a fine supporting cast, especially spider woman Lane and housemother Risdon. But please tell me, where did wardrobe get that fur-collared overcoat that's about to swallow Lane's head and then maybe the world!

Looks like this is one of those 40's B's that was reaching for noir while remaining within the crime story genre. Anyway, the minor touches manage to lift results to the slightly-better- than-average category.

(In passing—I'd long thought the name Byron Barr in cast lists referred to an early Gig Young, the former being his real name, the latter his stage name. However, in researching this film, I discover there was in fact a second actor named Byron Barr who kept his original name, and he's the one in this movie. Of course, Gig Young remains the much better known of the two.)


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