Murder by Contract
Murder by Contract (1958)

A ruthless East Coast hitman is sent to Los Angeles to murder a young beauty preparing to testify against her crooked employer. But after several tries, he makes the fatal mistake of abandoning his mission.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 3, 2009
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New Yorker

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

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Limpid, compact low-budget ingenuity.

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Sean Axmaker

Irving Lerner's direction is almost hypnotic as he matches the deliberation of his killer with meticulous direction...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

They don't make noir films better than this.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

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Stella Dallas
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.… More