Assassin for Hire

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Long before it concentrated on its series of Edgar Wallace mysteries, the British Merton Park studios cut its teeth on taut little home-grown melodramas. Assassin for Hire stars Sydney Tafler as Antonio Riccardi, a professional killer who has long managed to elude the law. Inspector Carson (Ronald Howard) is determined to bring Riccardi to justice, but has no evidence to work with. In a peculiar twist of fate, Riccardi is brought to heel by a crime he didn't commit. Beyond its better-than-usual production values, Assassin for Hire permits us a glimpse at Ronald Howard impersonating a detective several years before starring in the Sherlock Holmes TV series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Katherine Blake
as Maria Riccardi
Sydney Tafler
as Antonio Riccardi
Ronald Howard
as Detective Inspector Carson
John Hewer
as Guiseppi Riccardi
Ian Wallace
as Charlie
Gerald Case
as Detective Sergeant Stott
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