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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!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Yvette Vickers. 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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Connections

Version of This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in the Mood for Love
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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decent B movie
21 November 2012 | by filmalamosaSee all my reviews

Story about an antisocial hired killer who goes after an employer who double crosses him. While tracking down the men who hired him he gets involved with the female lead a night club singer on her way to Los Angeles. In the end revenge is extracted.

It is fast paced and keeps your interest especially the first hour. When the action moves to LA it starts to bog down a bit and get a little squirrelly. There is a long scene in an air raid shelter of some huge giant factory that is completely implausible...dozens of police scour the plant for hours but overlook an obvious staircase to the airraid shelter??

Still it is worth a watch I give it a 6.

The other reviews are by people much more knowledgeable about the actors and period than I...am reviewing it as a naive uninformed viewer.

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