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This Gun for Hire(1942)

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  • this gun for hire

    • kevin sellers
    • 11/1/19

    For whatever reason Graham Greene had a bug up his rectum about Hollywood, which is odd since Tinseltown has done pretty well by the guy. I mean, there's "3rd Man", "Quiet American", "Travels With My Aunt" and "Human Factor", all either classics or pretty damn good movies. To that list you can add this film, an early noir with wonderful, grim, brooding industrial LA atmo courtesy of cinematographer John Seitz, Alan Ladd delivering his best work ("Shane" fans be damned) and Veronica Lake not far behind. Indeed, the scenes of the two of them in that fog enshrouded, night time railyard are mesmerizing. So, although there are some lapses...the ludicrous bit where the evil death merchant's attendant suddenly and inexplicably turns on him and the general insipidity of the Robert Preston/Lake relationship...this is a mostly fascinating tour through Greeneland, that gloomy country of sin and ultimate redemption (esp. if you're Catholic!) Give it an A minus. PS...Like all good films this is a cat lover's paradise.

  • "This war's everybody's business"

    • Jeff Boston
    • 10/20/19

    Just as Ellen's words (about our country's war against hell-bent Japan) and actions help tough-but-tender gunslinger Raven (a man of action and few words) sacrifice his loner, me-against-the-world self for a greater cause, Marian from "Shane" helps tough-but-tender gunslinger Shane (a man of action and few words) sacrifice his loner me-against-the-world self for a greater cause (helping the heavenly homesteaders against the hell-sent cattleman in a way-too-often "woke" Western scenario). In both fine films, there is a mutual attraction between the mysterious man with one name (Raven clearly takes precedence over "Phillip") and a blonde with a stable, hardworking, but boring and not nearly as good looking man who knows right from wrong already by her side. In both films, the main villain is very interesting, with Cregar probably the biggest acclaimed actor in Hollywood history and Palance the tallest. Literally and figuratively, Cregar's character is as gelatinous as Palance's character is steely. "Shane" outshines, for it keeps it real, while "This Gun for Hire" gets very comic bookish when Raven (even sounds like a superhero) enters the Nitro (yes, Nitro) Chemical Corporation, but like Shane, Raven ultimately stays true to himself to the end, leaving on his terms.

  • Was Supposed To Star Deforest Kelley

    • where'skelley
    • 10/20/19

    Always glad for Eddie Muller's comments.Esp interesting about the fates of Ladd & Lake.Laird Cregar is interesting,even as a nasty villain.And Tully Marshall,as usual,excellent.Miss Victor as old man's personal caregiver.So many good performances,Lake is just-blah,don't care who doesn't like that-so her mommy forced her into acting-she was given her due.

  • gun for hire

    • pete santo
    • 10/20/19

    TCM uncut version was great. Many restored scenes, not in TV chopped versions.

  • Star Power

    • denscul
    • 8/29/14

    Two newcomers Ladd, and Lake, are dynamite together in an otherwise mediocre plot, especially the corny ending. Imagine trying to do a remake without these two stars. Lake' s career did not last long, but Ladd played the gunslinger in my favorite western, Shane. Once again he is a hired gunfighter but trying to reform. There is doubt what happens to RAVEN, but in Shane, he just rides off into the sunset.

  • Alan Ladd's First Major Film Role

    • Bruce Reber
    • 3/21/12

    I watched "This Gun For Hire" on TCM again late Tuesday night 3/20/12 (actually 1:30 AM Wednesday 3/21/12), and it's a very powerful early 40's film noir. Alan Ladd (who's billed 3rd after Veronica Lake and Robert Preston) stars as hired killer Philip Raven, tracking down spies who stole a secret gas formula and framed him for murder. Raven is totally amoral and callous, having gotten that way from the abuse he suffered during childhood. He's softened a little by Lake, who tells him that finding the stolen formula and saving his country is more important than his personal agenda of revenge. This is the only time Ladd would play such a complicated and dislikable character, as in most of his films after TGFH he played cool. self-confident hero types (i.e. "The Blue Dahlia" and "Shane", two of my favorite Ladd films). Please show more of Alan Ladd, TCM (maybe a Star of The Month tribute in the near future). He was one of our most talented and overlooked screen actors.

  • Love this film

    • jack
    • 8/10/11

    I just saw this movie a few days ago for the first time and loved it. I enjoyed Ladd's portrayal of a totally cold and amoral character. A shame Kregar did not make more films, he was teriffic in"The Lodger", he died far too young (28). Best of all, was the opportunity to watch Veronica Lake, she is mesmerizing to this watcher. I especially liked her musical scene where she is wearing a sexy black, tight-fitting outfit, at last an idea just how nice a figure she has. I can't see enough of her (literally!)

  • this gun for hire alan ladd 1942

    • philip klein
    • 5/3/11

    i have been waiting for tcm to show this film i am a fan of tcm, my favorites are FILM NOIRplease schedule this one for me and veronica lake/ alan ladd fans thanks keep up the good work!!!

  • Noir de primeira qualidade

    • Sonia
    • 11/6/10

    Uns dos melhores filmes noir de primeira qualidade que lanou Alan Ladd e Veronica Lake ao estrelato. Insuperavel

  • Please schedule this movie! Thanks!

    • Mike
    • 11/7/09

    "This Gun For Hire" is the movie that made both Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. It and "The Blue Dahlia" are the two best for that combination. Please schedule "This Gun For Hire" and thanks for scheduling "The Blue Dahlia" !!

  • This Gun for Hire (not a werstern)

    • Dick
    • 8/4/07

    Another Alan Ladd film noir great. The Raven, (Alan Ladd) is hired to kill a man who is selling military secrects to fifth columist during WWII. He is double crossed by the agent who hired him (Laird Creger)and pursues him. He runs into Veronica Lake who is the love interst of LA police detective, Robert Preston who is working the case.Veronica Lake does a nice job portraying a singing magician, her night club act, working in a club owned by Laird Cregar. The plot thickens.Is the Alan Ladd character a killer or a patriotic hero?

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