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Shoot to Kill (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 March 1947 (USA)
A woman apparently marries a corrupt deputy D.A. to get evidence that a certain criminal was framed for murder.

Director:

William Berke

Writer:

Edwin V. Westrate (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Wade ... George Mitchell
Luana Walters ... Marian Langdon (as Susan Walters)
Edmund MacDonald ... Lawrence Dale (as Edmond MacDonald)
Robert Kent ... Dixie Logan (as Douglas Blackley)
Vince Barnett ... Charlie Gill
Nestor Paiva ... Gus Miller
Charles Trowbridge ... John Forsythe
Harry Brown ... Jim Forman
Ted Hecht ... Al. Collins
Harry Cheshire ... Mike Blake (as Harry Chesire)
Robert Riordan Robert Riordan ... Ed Carter
Joe Devlin ... Smokey
Eddie Foster Eddie Foster ... Bingo
Frank O'Connor ... Deputy Clem Sparks (as Frank O'Conner)
Sammy Stein ... Blackie
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Storyline

Gangster Dixie Logan is framed by crooked DA Lawrence Dale. His wife secures a job as Dale's assistant, the better to find the proof of the DA's dishonesty. She gets help from Reporter Mitchell, who falls in love with her. Written by Christof Roscher

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A Newspaperman... A Grafting Politician... And A Beautiful Girl... In A Story Of Underworld Revenge!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Reporter See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Quotes

George 'Mitch' Mitchell: I was having a little chat - with Dixie Logan
Lawrence Dale: What? But how could you?
George 'Mitch' Mitchell: Oh, it was easy. First he'd say something then I'd say something.
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How His Role Fit in the Big Picture
13 March 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Shoot To Kill takes Luana Walters out of her usual western cowgirl outfits and puts her in modern dress as a woman with one incredible scheme that involves bringing down a crooked prosecutor. Doubly hard because prosecutor Edmund MacDonald is regarded as a hero with a bright future.

MacDonald has brought down Robert Kent a big name hoodlum. But it was at the bidding of three others racketeers who frame Kent because they want him out of the way. Kent escapes and therein lies the tale.

Walters who usually was the girl that any number of Saturday matinée cowboys would be vying for did a really good job as a woman on a mission. You'd hardly know this was the same woman as this is one hardboiled dame. Walters is aided and abetted by reporter Russell Wade who also has a big size torch for Walters. In fact the whole story is related in flashback by Walters to Wade and Wade sees for the first time how his role fit in the big picture.

Shoot To Kill obviously had a different ending in mind when you see it. For whatever reason, Lippert Pictures chose the wrong one. It should have ended like Humphrey Bogart's classic The Big Shot. It really spoiled what could have been a minor noir classic. You'll see what I mean when you watch it.


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