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Short Cut to Hell (1957)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | September 1957 (USA)
A professional hitman is hired by a friend to commit two murders. His friend pays him off in what turns out to be stolen money, and the police soon trace the money to him. On the run, he ... See full summary »

Director:

James Cagney

Writers:

Graham Greene (novel), Ted Berkman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Bishop ... Sgt. Stan Lowery
Robert Ivers ... Kyle Niles
Georgann Johnson ... Glory Hamilton
Yvette Vickers ... Daisy
Murvyn Vye ... Nichols
Jacques Aubuchon ... Bahrwell
Peter Baldwin ... Carl Adams
Richard Hale ... AT
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A professional hitman is hired by a friend to commit two murders. His friend pays him off in what turns out to be stolen money, and the police soon trace the money to him. On the run, he kidnaps the girlfriend of the police detective in charge of his pursuit and threatens to kill her unless the hunt is called off. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Professional killer...with a gun for hire!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

À deux pas de l'enfer See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Producing debut of A.C. Lyles. See more »

Quotes

[Kyle just told Glory that he's a professional killer]
Glory Hamilton: Is there anything you like about yourself?
Kyle: Yeah. I never miss.
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Version of This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

How'd Ya Like to Love Me?
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
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Paid off in hot money again
25 July 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Robert Ivers and Georgeann Johnson never quite had the careers that were predicted for them in the introduction to this film by their director. But both give a reasonably competent road show adaption of the Paramount classic This Gun For Hire. Short Cut To Hell also stars William Bishop in the role of the San Francisco cop played originally by Robert Preston who is on the trail to Los Angeles looking for a killer.

The whole wartime angle in This Gun For Hire is dropped for this 1957 film. Instead it's a contract killing of civil servant Peter Baldwin who is about to expose some shady dealings in building contracting. But as in the original he's paid off in hot money from a faked robbery with serial numbers duly recorded and reported to the police.

For the most part the film follows the plot of This Gun For Hire even using a lot of the same lines. Jacques Aubuchon plays the Laird Cregar part of the fixer and he has the same aversion against seeing any of the violence he pays for.

A.C. Lyles who later became famous for producing all those B westerns with past their prime players produced this film and got none other than James Cagney to direct it in his only credit in that department. Cagney never went behind the camera again.

But I doubt even with the original cast of This Gun For Hire that he could have improved on what Frank Tuttle did in 1942.


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