This Gun for Hire
This Gun for Hire (1942)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 13, 1942
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Erik McCarthy
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

A great vein of noir tropes, greatly mined

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

A fairly lackluster reading of Greene's novel.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Noir favorite; Ladd and Lake are a gangbusters team.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Enjoyable, although the plot is a little incredible and Ladd isn't the most charming leading man in the world.

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Emanuel Levy

Well acted crime melodrama that catapulted Alan Ladd to major stardom.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

For good reason it made Alan Ladd a star.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is the film noir that made Alan Ladd a hot star after many years as a struggling actor.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A killer for hire hunts down the men who double crossed him in the company of a beautiful night club singer with the police in hot pursuit. This Gun For Hire… More
Veronique Kwak
1942 "this gun for hire" would probably be one of the few noir pieces without that strong dose of leftist message of revolt against the us government.… More
Aj V
A good forties film noir.
Ken Stachnik
Veronica Lake actually singes the film stock she's so hot in this movie.
Randy Tippy
Alan Ladd is a patriotic hit man with a soft spot for cats in this war era film noir classic. A layered storyline emphasizes different levels of good and evil… More
Michael Gildea
Alan Ladd is amazing in this noir classic. Veronica Lake is no slouch either.