Kid Glove Killer


Kid Glove Killer (1942)



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Kid Glove Killer is an expanded remake of They're Always Caught (1938), a 2-reel entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Van Heflin stars as criminologist Gordon McKay, at present investigating the murder of of reform mayor Daniels (Samuel S. Hinds). What the audience knows, but McKay doesn't, is that the the culprit is district attorney Gerald Ladimer (Lee Bowman), ostensibly a crusader against organized crime. Thickening the plot is the fact that McKay and Ladimer are rivals for the affections of McKay's pretty lab assistant Jane Mitchell (Marsha Hunt). The question: Will McKay be able to piece together the fragmentary clues in his forensic lab before Ladimer is able to strike again? An excellent example of MGM's "B" unit at the height of its powers, Kid Glove Killer served as the feature-film directorial debut of Fred Zinnemann, who obviously was destined for bigger things.


Van Heflin
as Gordon McKay
Marsha Hunt
as Jane Mitchell
Lee Bowman
as Gerald I. Ladimer
Samuel S. Hinds
as Mayor Daniels
Cliff Clark
as Capt. Lynch
Eddie Quillan
as Eddie Wright
Catherine Lewis
as Bessie Wright
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Daniels
Ava Gardner
as Car Hop
James Flavin
as Keenan - Detective Grilling Eddie (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Kid Glove Killer

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

One of those moderately-budgeted programmers that appear at long intervals to rise far above the level intended.

Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…
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A first-rate job all round.

Aug 8, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Fred Zinnemann's feature debut, a neat, unpretentious and really rather enjoyable whodunit about the hunt for the killer of the town's crusading mayor.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

A terrific debut film for both Van Heflin and for Fred Zinnemann in the director's chair.

Nov 1, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The taut plot is well served by the style of documentary fiction Zinnemann applied to a few of his earlier films.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

It's the kind of film only television now makes, but this one's a beaut and hard to beat.

Sep 11, 2002 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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