This Gun for Hire

1942, Crime/Drama, 1h 20m

17 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Sadistic killer-for-hire Raven (Alan Ladd) becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates (Laird Cregar), Raven sits beside Gates' lovely new employee, Ellen (Veronica Lake), on a train out of town. Although Ellen is engaged to marry the police lieutenant (Robert Preston) who's hunting down Raven, she decides to try and set the misguided hit man straight as he hides from the cops and plots his revenge.

Cast & Crew

Alan Ladd
Philip Raven
Veronica Lake
Ellen Graham
Robert Preston
Det. Lt. Michael Crane
Laird Cregar
Willard Gates
Tully Marshall
Alvin Brewster
Marc Lawrence
Tommy (Gates' chauffeur)
Pamela Blake
Annie (hotel maid)
Harry Shannon
Steve Finnerty
Frank Ferguson
Albert Baker
Bernadene Hayes
Albert Baker's Secretary
Jim Farley
Night Watchman
Virita Campbell
Little Girl
Olin Howland
Blair Fletcher
Roger Imhof
Sen. Burnett
Victor Kilian
Drew (Brewster's nurse)
Emmett Vogan
Sgt. Carlisle (uncredited)
Chester Clute
Rooming House Manager
Charles Arnt
Will Gates
Virginia Farmer
Maid in dress shop (uncredited)
W. R. Burnett
Writer
Richard Blumenthal
Associate Producer
David Buttolph
Original Music
Jacques Press
Original Music
John F. Seitz
Cinematographer
Hans Dreier
Art Direction
Robert Usher
Art Direction
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Wally Westmore
Makeup Artist
John Cope
Sound Recordist
Philip Wisdom
Sound Recordist
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Critic Reviews for This Gun for Hire

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for This Gun for Hire

  • Sep 03, 2014
    The more of film noir that I see, the more I love it as a genre. This has to be one of the best, if not the best that I have seen so far. Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd are dynamite. I can see how Ladd used this to eventually gain stardom through Shane and other vehicles.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    A good forties film noir.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2009
    Alan Ladd is a patriotic hit man with a soft spot for cats in this war era film noir classic. A layered storyline emphasizes different levels of good and evil by pitting a killer against a spineless opportunist who works for a Japanese sympathizer who is pursued by a senator who recruits a beautiful magician to gather information, not knowing that she's in love with a cop who is on the trail of the killer who has been framed for a robbery by the opportunist under orders of the sympathizer. (Whew!)
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2008
    alan ladd is terrific in this noir. i get the feeling this could have been better without having to stay within the boundaries of the code of the time. great set designs as well.
    chase _ Super Reviewer

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