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Don Ross returns from Korea and calls on Chuck Conners. Conner's brother was in Ross' platoon and had been killed. The two chat. Both are big game hunters, but Conners has a new twist. He has a big game rifle, but the bullet has been replaced with a camera. He wants to hunt people in the city. When he pulls the trigger, there's a snapshot with a time stamp. He challenges Ross to a bet: they stalk each other, and the winner walks away with either a thousand of Ross' money or ten grand of Conners. It's a good gamble as far as Ross is concerned. A field-promotion second lieutenant doesn't pull down much, and while he was away, his partner let the business go to pot and failed to pay the insurance just before they had a fire.
So they shake hands on it, and Ross walks away with a rifle set up with a camera in the barrel. Whereupon Conners replaces the camera in his with a 30-30 shell. His brother had written him that Ross was a tin g*d and would probably get them all killed. So he's going to get some revenge.
It's an interesting variation on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. Writer-Director Wyott Ordung shoots most of it in medium length stolen shots, showing the two men looking for each other, vanishing around one corner as the other comes around another. It didn't quite work for me, looking almost foolish the fifth or sixth time it happened, rather than suspenseful. The subplots also miss by a hair: Conners' bum ticker, his brothers' girlfriend who thinks he's crazy.
Also, the times have changed: two men walking the streets of Los Angeles carrying big game rifles are going to be shot by the LAPD. But kudos for a nice idea.
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