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Hit and Run (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 March 1957 (USA)
A mechanic wants his boss's younger wife for himself, and plans on using a junkyard car to run him over, then dismantling it.

Director:

Hugo Haas

Writers:

Herbert O. Phillips (story), Hugo Haas (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Cleo Moore ... Julie Hilmer
Hugo Haas ... Gus Hilmer / Twin Brother
Vince Edwards ... Frank
Dolores Reed Dolores Reed ... Miranda
Mara Lea Mara Lea ... Anita (as Mari Lea)
Pat Goldin Pat Goldin ... Undertaker
Carl Milletaire Carl Milletaire ... Lawyer
Robert Cassidy Robert Cassidy ... Sheriff
Dick Paxton Dick Paxton ... Waiter
Julie Mitchum Julie Mitchum ... Circus Girl
John Zaremba ... Doctor
Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell ... Bartender
Jan Englund Jan Englund ... Clara
Ella Mae Morse Ella Mae Morse ... Singer
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Storyline

Garage owner Gus Hilmer marries showgirl Julie, many years his junior, and this causes a conflict between Gus and Frankie, a young mechanic he has befriended. FRankie falls in love with Julie and she, as expected in any Hugo Hass film, can not resist his advances. Frankie puts together an automobile out of parts lying around in Gus's junkyard, and forces Julie to accompany him, as he follows Gus and runs him down on a lonely road, and later dismantles the car/murder weapon. Unexpected by the lovers, but not any audience that had seen any Hass film, his twin brother, just release from prison, turns up at the reading of the will, and moves in as half-owner of the garage. So, he and his brother's widow then get together and knock off Frankie? No, nothing that simple from Hair-Shirt Hugo. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"I can't give you anything but love--and murder, baby!"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mord med bil See more »

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Production Co:

Hugo Haas Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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What Good Will It Do Me?
Sung by Ella Mae Morse
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Cleo Moore's Last Movie
15 January 2005 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

Cleo Moore was one of the sexiest blonde starlets of the 1950's but sadly this 1957 release was her swan song. She had starred in around ten films and was well known by the public but I guess there was just too many beautiful blondes around at the time. She's the best thing in this standard little film noir of the beautiful young wife, middle-aged husband, and the young hunk who comes between them. Looking fantastic as a platinum blonde, Cleo gives an excellent performance and her love scenes with hunky Vince Edwards are fairly torrid. Director-costar Haas seems a little too sympathetic to his own character for my liking, a boisterous auto repair shop owner who woos option-less showgirl Moore. Never a particularly good director (to say the least), Haas notably wastes the potential in one scene in the wrecked car "graveyard" beside his repair shop which manages an eerie touch nevertheless. The movie quite low budget but that proves to be an asset in capturing the angst of low-income 50's America.


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