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Kill Her Gently (1957)

Two convicts who have just escaped from prison are picked up by a motorist. He recognizes the men from descriptions given of them on the radio, but instead of turning them over to the ... See full summary »

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... Jeff Martin
... Kay Martin
... William Connors
George Mikell ... Lars Svenson
Shay Gorman ... Dr. Jimmy Landers
Marianne Brauns ... Raina
Frank Hawkins ... Insp. Raglan
John Gayford ... Truck Driver
Roger Avon ... Const. Brown
Patrick Connor ... Det. Sgt. Thompson
Jonathan Meddings ... Bank clerk
Peter Stephens ... Bank manager
Susan Neill ... Barmaid
David Lawton ... Slade
Elaine Wells ... Mrs. Douglas
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Two convicts who have just escaped from prison are picked up by a motorist. He recognizes the men from descriptions given of them on the radio, but instead of turning them over to the police, he proposes to hire them to murder his wife. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"She's the only wife I have, so...KILL HER Gently!"

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October 1958 (USA)  »

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William Connors: You don't have the guts, kid. You never did have.
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taut British noir
20 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those tight, moody British crime thrillers of the 50s, one which just about lives up to its great title. Despite being set in a rural/suburban setting, the proceedings are imbued with the post-war brutality and seediness common to the genre, not to mention plenty of misogyny and xenophobia.

The plot keeps moving and the atmospheric and psychological details are piled up at an equal pace, making this compelling viewing. Perhaps most telling is that the cultivated British middle class citizen proves far nastier than the "greasy" foreign criminals. The ending is a bit abrupt (possibly due to censorship or a cut TV print), but otherwise it plays all the angles perfectly. Marc Lawrence seems to have had a knack for finding neat little productions like this in which to participate.

If you like this one, try "Man in the Back Seat", too.


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