Murder by Contract (1958)
as Billie Williams
as Mr. Moon
as Miss Wiley
as Detective Shooting Tear Gas
as Hall of Records Clerk
as James William Mayflower
as Miss Wexley
Critic Reviews for Murder by Contract
Lerner directs with a wary neutrality that leaves judgment aside; he lets the killer speak his piece, resulting in a few politicized surprises.
Edwards is strongly cast as the killer and provides a quiet menace which pays off in audience attention.
A terrific, no-nonsense B movie which comes on like something by Jean-Pierre Melville: cool, calm and dispassionate.
Neither the screenwriter (Ben Simcoe) nor the director (Irving Lerner) ever acquired a big reputation, but here they achieved something singular and nearly perfect.
Here's a real gem and total justification for the existence of the B-movie.
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 samouraï. oh those crazy, irrational, trouble-makin women...
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