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This Gun for Hire

The idea of presenting Veronica Lake as the heroine of an exciting melodrama has its merits. But the material selected is distinctly unsuited to her. It is a very involved yarn by Graham Greene which deals with international intrigue and treason, having to do with the sale of a secret chemical formula to the Japanese. Albert Maltz and W.R. Burnett wrote the screenplay, which is a succession of gunplay scenes in which Lake becomes the unwilling accomplice of a young killer. He is Alan Ladd.

With:
Veronica Lake Robert Preston Laird Cregar Alan Ladd Tully Marshall Mikhail Rasumny

The idea of presenting Veronica Lake as the heroine of an exciting melodrama has its merits. But the material selected is distinctly unsuited to her. It is a very involved yarn by Graham Greene which deals with international intrigue and treason, having to do with the sale of a secret chemical formula to the Japanese. Albert Maltz and W.R. Burnett wrote the screenplay, which is a succession of gunplay scenes in which Lake becomes the unwilling accomplice of a young killer. He is Alan Ladd.

Other players in the film had difficult assignment trying to give some credence to an improbable story. Robert Preston plays a policeman, who is too easily outwitted to deserve Lake in the end. Laird Cregar is an interesting heavy, and Tully Marshall a reprobate of the worst kind.

This Gun for Hire

Production: Paramount. Director Frank Tuttle; Producer Richard M. Blumenthal; Screenplay Albert Maltz, W.R. Burnett; Camera John Seitz; Editor Archie Marshek; Music David Buttolph

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 86 MIN.

With: Veronica Lake Robert Preston Laird Cregar Alan Ladd Tully Marshall Mikhail Rasumny

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