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Shield for Murder
If ever a picture was crammed with guts, this is it.
A crooked detective masterminds a robbery then fights to keep his money.
A film that anticipates themes seen much more frequently in the late 20th century, as a cop who seems to have started as a decent sort becomes corrupted by his contact with street life. While his corruption lets him kill without conscience, his primary motive is to provide a nice home for his sweetheart, a night club cutie played by Marla English. Carolyn Jones does a nice turn as a bar-room floozie. A few scenes that would later become cliches are fresh ideas here -- cops closing ranks to protect their own, a crooked cop justifying his actions because of the unsavory nature of his work. Edmond O'Brien both directs & stars.
A vicious cop kills a bookie's runner and steals $25,000 from the corpse, then frames everyone in sight in order to keep to the money to buy a model home for his would-be lounge singer girlfriend.
Grim and competent Noir thriller with some very good scenes, but marred by a few stilted performances.
Edmond O'Brien plays a police officer who commits a brutal murder and robbery. He uses his position as a police officer to escape justice - he admits having carried out he killing, and those working with him accept his reasons. A young journalist thinks otherwise, and is determined to prove so.
I didn't believe a word of this story, it could have been great but went wrong somewhere between the initial idea of a 'bent cop' story and the screen.
A killer cop, protected by his own department, that is until one honest cop brings him down. It all feels a bit too timely, what with troubles in Ferguson, Milwaukee, and New York City; he'll all across America.
Decent crime noir co-directed and starring Edmond O'Brien as a crooked cop, Marla English as his unknowing gal and John Agar as his idealistic protege. The highlight of the film is O'Brien going pistol whip happy on Claude Akins noggin. Carolyn Jones puts in a nice turn also as a bar floozy.
OK B-level noir that longed for a bigger budget. O'Brien is fine as a cruel cop who goes too far, but Agar & English are ciphers. It's always fun to see familiar character actors (Carolyn Jones as a sex-starved bar girl is fine).
But I especially like Emile Meyer as Capt of Detectives.
Nice little crime pic would make a good double feature with Bad Lieutenant. A dirty cop kills a bookie and bends over backwards trying to conceal it while the straight cop tries to out him. Pulpy fun, if somewhat inconsequential.
- Out of the Past
- The Maltese Falcon
- Touch of Evil
- Ace in the Hole
- Act of Violence
- Angel Face
- The Asphalt Jungle
- The Big Clock
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- Wir machen Musik
- Edward and Caroline
Masterpieces with less than 50 viewers on Letterboxd.
1-27: 5 stars
28-57: 4.5 stars
58-95: 4 stars