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Shoot First (1953)

Rough Shoot (original title)
A retired U.S. Army Colonel living in England stumbles upon a spy ring when he shoots buckshot at a poacher during a hunt.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

Geoffrey Household (novel), Eric Ambler (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McCrea ... Taine
Laurence Naismith ... Blossom
Denis Lehrer Denis Lehrer ... Reimann
Marius Goring ... Hiart
Karel Stepanek ... Diss
Powys Thomas Powys Thomas ... Ambulance Driver
Evelyn Keyes ... Cecily
Robert Dickens Robert Dickens ... Tommy
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Powell
Ellis Irving Ellis Irving ... Wharton
Patricia Laffan ... Magda
Frank Lawton ... Hassingham
Cyril Raymond ... Cartwright
Herbert Lom ... Sandorski
Roland Culver ... Randall
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U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Robert Taine and his wife Cecily live in a village in England. While hunting on some land he has recently purchased, he shoots a load of buckshot at a man he thinks is a poacher but, upon examination, he discovers the man is dead and believes,at first, he has killed him. With the police and the Secret Service chasing him, he trails a suspect to London and this leads him to an espionage gang. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shoot First See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Act Three Is Worth The Wait
1 October 2013 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Espionage Thriller that really takes awhile to take off, as the slow moving startup is meant to propel Joel McCrea into a Spy Ring and Set Up a Situation that may remind the Viewer of Hitchcock.

But this is rather awkward at first and never attains much Mystery or Suspense until things leave the Countryside. Herbert Lom's Performance borders on Broad Comedy and holds things back somewhat.

There is enough here to be an Entertaining Piece of Cold War Propaganda, but never really kicks into High Gear until the Final Act. Up to that point things are really Talky and Stodgy, but it does manage to display some Atmospheric Tension during the Chase through a Wax Museum and in the Bowels of a Cityscape.


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