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Shield for Murder
A crooked detective masterminds a robbery then fights to keep his money.
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.
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Every film listed in the Film Noir Encyclopedia 4th Edition: Classic Period by Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward, James Ursini and…
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