This Gun for Hire
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Though billed fourth in This Gun For Hire, Alan Ladd was catapulted to stardom in the role of Phillip Raven, a ruthless professional killer with a long-suppressed streak of decency. After successfully pulling off his latest murder, Raven reports to his boss, effeminate fifth columnist Willard Gates (Laird Cregar). He collects his $1000 fee, only to discover later that Gates has double-crossed him with marked bills. This was done at the behest of Gates' boss, crooked business executive Alvin Bewster (Tully Marshall), who wants no loose ends left around to connect him with a plot to sell… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's thrilling bullet-laden finale, fast pace and lovely black-and-white photography more than makes up for some of the overt misogyny that was common in this genre and era."
‑ Erik McCarthy, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A great vein of noir tropes, greatly mined"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A fairly lackluster reading of Greene's novel."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Catapulted Alan Ladd to stardom, established Ladd and Veronica Lake as a screen team and is just plain as close to a perfect representation of film noir as you're likely to get."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Noir favorite; Ladd and Lake are a gangbusters team."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Enjoyable, although the plot is a little incredible and Ladd isn't the most charming leading man in the world."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Well acted crime melodrama that catapulted Alan Ladd to major stardom."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"For good reason it made Alan Ladd a star."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"This is the film noir that made Alan Ladd a hot star after many years as a struggling actor."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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