Orders to Kill ★★★½

What a treat to discover a terrific movie when you least expect it! This is a highly underrated World War II thriller, starring Paul Massie as a clean-cut, all-American "nice" kid (son of doting Lillian Gish, no less) who is hand-picked by his military superiors to be trained as an assassin. The first twenty minutes is fairly bland and unpromising, but once the locale shifts to Paris, and Massie begins to stalk his assigned victim, "Orders To Kill" becomes a tense, exciting, and finally powerful film. There's one very memorable murder sequence, and there's a superb performance by Irene Worth (as Massie's French contact) that's better than any of the five supporting actress performances that did receive Oscar nominations in 1958.