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Murder by Contract

Murder by Contract (1958)

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Claude (Vince Edwards) is an educated, respectable young man with a goal in life -- to buy a house that he has his eye on; but to do that on the money he makes in his office job could take 25 years, so he chooses to embark on a new profession, as a hired assassin. A cold-blooded, thoroughly professional killer, he does his work quickly and efficiently and establishes himself as a top trouble-shooter for the particular mob that employs him, even disposing of his immediate superior when he becomes

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Nov 3, 2009

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

Lerner directs with a wary neutrality that leaves judgment aside; he lets the killer speak his piece, resulting in a few politicized surprises.

July 21, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Irving Lerner's direction is almost hypnotic as he matches the deliberation of his killer with meticulous direction...

December 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

Takes a shockingly low-key, detailed approach to the job of contract killer.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Limpid, compact low-budget ingenuity.

May 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

They don't make noir films better than this.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Murder by Contract

a very entertaining 50s noir that somehow escaped my radar until yesterday. the banter of the supporting characters and the third man theme music made me smile. great existential vibe, better than blast of silence. and surely a template for le samouraļ. oh those crazy, irrational, trouble-makin women...
April 26, 2012
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