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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 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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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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First half...not bad. Second half...pure crap.
26 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Cleo Moore and Hugo Haas starred in a terrific and very original film, "The Other Woman". Well, three years later they're back and starring in "Hit and Run" and they are joined in the leads by Vince Edwards (of "Ben Casey" fame).

Gus (Hugo Haas) Owns a garage and asks a young and pretty woman, Julie (Cleo Moore), to marry him. Soon after they marry, their employee, Frank (Vince Edwards) begins making passes at the missus. She never encourages him...but she also doesn't tell her husband. Frank takes that to mean she loves him and has come up with a scheme to kill the old man and then dismantle to car for scrap so there is no evidence! She is horrified when she is in the car with Frank and Frank runs over Gus! She had no idea about Frank's plans...but when the police later notify her of his death, she says nothing about Frank's actions. Clearly she has very mixed thoughts about what has happened.

So far, so good. While the plot isn't wholly original (with films like "Therese Raquin" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice"), it's not bad and interesting. The problem is what comes next....it's really, really nuts. A new plot involving an identical twin brother that no one knew about comes into play...and the film basically goes into the toilet. Rarely have I seen a film where the second half simply goes 100% wrong like this one!


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