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Shield for Murder(1954)

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  • Edmund O'Brien

    • DON RILEY
    • 7/18/18

    Somebody didn't like "police".........! .....Although the coda at the end, preaches on how law enforcement views such characters.......This is so authentic in the writing of the Edmund O'Brien part, here. He is a manipulative, intimidating, brutal, corrupt cop !...........And the part here or the script here, might be the star. O'Brien pulls it off, it works, but the script is the hero. Carolyn Jones with a bleached, blonde look, is actually memorable. John Agar is unexciting but he serves the purpose and he looks like a star so, why should I complain. Liked it ! Three Stars. ..........Ok, maybe I should be more generous to Edmund O'Brien, he's actually very good, and is above average while the other actors except for Claude Akins are more towards mediocre.

  • O'Brien Sweats With The Best

    • sweatthesmallstuff
    • 5/8/17

    Like him as the hero better.Decent movie,kinda different than his usual acting.John Agar had nerve saying anything about Shirley Temple to trash her.He was a brute and he never would've had a movie career but for their marriage cuz he stank as an actor!

  • Underrated. Gem

    • Can whelĂ n
    • 1/11/17

    Shield. For murder. Is always damned with. Faint. Praise. But. I find it a very entertaining. Movie. And Paul. Dunlap's. Excellent. Music. Score. Is never. Mentioned. u

  • shield for murder

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/4/15

    As the two previous reviewers have noted, this corrupt cop noir movie features a couple gripping action sequences and a (rare) good performance from veteran hambone Edmund O'Brien, as a morally challenged public official with dreams of early retirement in suburbia on his ill gotten gains. Otherwise, it's pretty standard stuff, featuring some fairly cheesy, hardboiled wannabe dialogue, as well as some truly bad acting. A young Caroline Jones has a moment or two as a bar tramp, and Claude Akins is good as always as a sleazy private eye, but otherwise the performances range from cliche (Emile Meyer as the tough police capt and Herbert Butterfield as the cynical reporter) to flat out dull (John Agar, who is never anything but, as the honest, young cop friend of O'Brien and Marie English as the loyal, abused girlfriend.) Let's give it a C. P.S. I notice that the movie credits two directors, O'Brien and Howard Koch. I wonder if that's related to the opening shot where the shadow of the boom mike bobs up and down like a goddamn oil derrick. Maybe producer Aubrey Schenck saw that in rushes and fired O'Brien's incompetent ass.

  • TCM hidden gem

    • denjosruf
    • 9/22/09

    It was great to see a film rarely shown, with Edmond O'Brien strong performance as a bad cop. Most memorable for two parts, one at a bar pistol whipping two heavies, and a shootout at a high school indoor pool.

  • Shades of 'Touch of Evil'

    • Jarrod McDonald
    • 9/12/09

    It's one of those good-cops-goes-bad stories...this time Edmond O'Brien is the crooked detective. The entertaining film noir reminds the viewer of the similarly themed 'Touch of Evil' from a few years later. And in this film, O'Brien takes a cue from Orson Welles and directs as well as stars. (Incidentally, both O'Brien and Welles were magicians and worked together on-and-off from the 1930s thru the 1970s). The supporting cast is more than adequate-- including an early turn by the memorable Carolyn Jones as the girl at the diner. And while the climactic ending is predictable, it's fun watching O'Brien's character get caught after causing so much mayhem. Look for the great athletic club sequence that involves a spectacular shoot-out near the swimming pool.

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