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Alan Ladd's First Major Film Role
- Bruce Reber
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
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
i have been waiting for tcm to show this film i am a fan of tcm, my favorites are FILM NOIR please schedule this one for me and veronica lake/ alan ladd fans thanks keep up the good work!!!
Noir de primeira qualidade
Uns dos melhores filmes noir de primeira qualidade que lançou Alan Ladd e Veronica Lake ao estrelato. Insuperavel
Please schedule this movie! Thanks!
"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)
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?