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This Gun for Hire (Universal Noir Collection) (1942)

Alan Ladd , Veronica Lake , Frank Tuttle  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake
  • Directors: Frank Tuttle
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023P4II
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "This Gun for Hire (Universal Noir Collection)" on IMDb

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One of Hollywood's classic hard-boiled thrillers and a favorite of suspense film lovers. The picture marked the first hit pairing of tough guy Alan Ladd, in the role that made him an instant star, and sultry blonde bombshell Veronica Lake.Adapted from a novel by Graham Greene, it's the hard-edged story of love, power and betrayal set in the seamy underworld of the 1940's. Raven (Alan Ladd) is a cold-blooded professional killer who's been double-crossed by his client. Ellen (Veronica Lake) is a beautiful nightclub singer who's spying on her corrupt boss. Lt. Michael Crane (Robert Preston) is a dedicated cop who wants Ellen's love and Raven's capture. The tension mounts and before the case is wrapped up, someone will pay with his life.

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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Gun for Hire November 16, 2004
Format:DVD
Wonderful character actor Laird Cregar plays the oily and overfed Broadway angel and hulking Lothario to singing magician Veronica Lake. By day he's a squeamish schemer, eager to contract out crime most foul just so long as he isn't subjected to recitals of any disturbing details. That he'd double cross Alan Ladd's Raven was as inevitable as his bedtime box of mints and book of racy French stories. That Raven would resent it was unfortunate, indeed.

Cregar died at the tender age of 30, two years after THIS GUN FOR HIRE was released. For old movie fans unfamiliar with him, he was a combination of a bulked up Vincent Price and Sydney Greenstreet with a little more bounce in his step.

As delightful as Cregar is, discussion of THIS GUN FOR HIRE starts and stops with Alan Ladd, who catapulted to stardom with his portrayal of the cold-blooded killer Raven. The emblematic scene occurs early on, when the hired Ladd enters an apartment building to fulfill his end of the contract. He meets a young girl wearing leg braces as he walks up the stairs. What occurs next, and continues on until he leaves the building, is simply a brilliant bit of minimalist screen acting. Raven's face is an expressionless, cold-blooded, inscrutable mask. Ladd plays the sequence almost solely with his eyes. They dart menacingly from the crippled girl to the apartment door, assessing the risks, flashing for a split second before smoldering to a colder temperature. It's a justifiably famous scene, one of the best tough guy sequences ever, a star maker.

The plot bends and twists just enough to throw Ladd and Lake together for most of the last half of the movie. She a hostage with a secret or two, he obsessed with getting back at Cregar.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RAVEN A CHILLING SCREEN CREATION July 6, 2004
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
"This Gun For Hire" is a watered down, glammed up version of Graham Greene's novel A Gun for Sale. It represents the first of four cinematic outings that teamed sultry Veronica Lake with the stoically handsome Alan Ladd, a potent cocktail of personalities that proved to be much in demand over the next decade. Perhaps a tad heavy on sentimentality than most film noirs, the plot concerns Philip Raven's (Ladd) obsession with Ellen Graham (Veronica Lake) a nightclub dancer with a rough and rumble cop boyfriend, Michael Crane (Robert Preston). Ellen is supposed to be working on exposing Alvin Brewster (Tully Marshall), a chemical company CEO who sold poisonous gas to the Japanese. But an odd and Freudian driven relationship surfaces between Ellen and Raven when she senses his childhood pain and angst. Ellen becomes Raven's willing captive, in the process transcending his nightmares and making him more human. The very first scene in this film is so incredibly chilling it begs special mention. After having been double crossed by ne'er-do-well, Williard Gates (Laird Cregar), Raven (Ladd) contemplates killing an innocent little girl who has seen him. Even though the resulting decision is typical "golden age" morality, Ladd makes one believe, if only for a moment, that such cold blooded silencing might be possible.
THE TRANSFER: Universal's DVD transfer is remarkably solid and clean. The gray scale is very well balanced with deep solid blacks and whites that are almost pristine. There's a hint film grain and some age related artifacts. Also, some edge enhancement and pixelization occur, but nothing that will distract from a visual presentation that is a considerable improvement over previously issued VHS tapes. The audio is mono and very well represented.
BOTTOM LINE: There are no extras on this disc. Nevertheless, it is a good disc to add to your library of classic cinema.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice, slick bit of 40s movie-making December 9, 2001
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This Gun for Hire was based on the Graham Greene novel A Gun for Sale and was considerably toned down and glammed up for the early 40s movie going public. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
I found this movie rather enjoyable, it is easy to see why Ladd and Lake were made into a screen team. They are supported by Laird Cregar as a plotting spy with no stomach for violence and Robert Preston as Veronica Lake's cop boyfriend. Alan Ladd steals the show as Raven, a killer for hire who really only likes cats. (as a cat lover, I was automatically more sympathetic to him) Cregar's Gates betrayed him to the cops and now he wants revenge.
Raven and Lake's Ellen, a nightclub magician, cross paths throughout the movie and she begins to strip down his tough guy veneer to reveal an abused childhood. Armed with her brains and a considerable amount of flag waving, Ellen tries to persuade Raven to give up his vengeance and uncover an Axis plot.
Ladd, Lake and Cregar are all marvelous but the usually wonderful Preston (best known for his smooth con-man in Music Man) isn't given much to work with and his cop character feels flat especially next to Raven.
This movie is really a must-see for any fan of 40's films and even with its flaws (I also found the final image to be annoying and totally against Lake's independant character), it is still a pleasant way to pass an evening.
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"This Gun for Hire" is an early film noir adapted from the novel by Graham Greene. Phillip Raven (Alan Ladd) is a stone-faced assassin whose only sympathies seem to lie with cats. He murders a blackmailer for industrialist Alvin Brewster, but Brewster's assistant Willard Gates (Laird Cregar) pays him in "hot" money. When Raven spends one of the $10 bills, it puts the police on his trail. In the meantime, lovely nightclub singer Ellen Graham (Veronica Lake) has been approached by a Senator who is investigating Brewster's collaboration with enemy powers. The Senator asks her to take a job at Willard Gates' Los Angeles nightclub in order to spy on him. She accepts the mission, and leaves for L.A. on the same train that Raven is taking to flee town. Gates see Raven and Ellen together on the train and assumes she's in cahoots with Raven, who's determined to kill Gates' for setting the police on him. Ellen's boyfriend, police Lieutenant Michael Crane (Robert Preston) follows them to L.A. in pursuit of Raven, whom Brewster and Gates claim robbed their payroll.

If the plot sounds convoluted, it is. That's just the set-up. Every character is either ignorant or mistaken about the others' role in this web of treachery. Ellen is privy to the most information, but she can't tell anyone. Veronica Lake has a lot of charisma, even if Ellen's role is convoluted. Ellen is a different thing to every person in the film, to the extent that the audience has to think at times to keep it all straight. It's interesting that she plays the role of a femme fatale to the assassin Raven, but her actions are selfless and righteous. Ellen isn't an ambitious seductress; she's a steadfast, practical woman who loves her boyfriend, her country, and wants a family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
SOME OF ALAN LADD'S AND VERONICA LAKES BEST WORK
Published 11 days ago by old smoothie
5.0 out of 5 stars This Gun for Hire - 1942
Generally thought of as a Film Noire classic, "This Gun For Hire" may not have all the typical ingredients but it does give us Alan Ladd in a standout performance, as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic movie
Published 1 month ago by ollientn
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Wow! I never knew Alan Ladd was this good! I remember him in SHANE, a favorite film of mine, and liked him enough then, but discovering Ladd in his "noirs" with Veronica... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. de Aquino
5.0 out of 5 stars First team up of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake
The first of the 3 Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake films. It has a very dark mood. Alan Ladd plays sociopathic hit man and assassin. He plays the role as a complete thug. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Film Noir at its best!! The chemistry between Veronica Lake...
This is Film Noir at its best!! The chemistry between Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd is palpable! The story is wonderful Veronica Lake was one of the most glamorous of all the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Lance Lenon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1942 Film Noir with a Silver Lining
Alan Ladd is the real star of this film, with the most screen time and the greatest impact, despite getting fourth billing ("introducing Alan Ladd"), after Veronica Lake, Robert... Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film Noir
This is Alan Ladd's first movie. He plays a thug, and affects a thuggian accent. It's not the ideal role for him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Impossible
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
She made some great movies. It seems that she had no personality. Could this be a problem with blonde bombshells?
Published 2 months ago by Rickie Swim
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Story and Character
Alan Ladd is marvelous in the film. He moves from a killer to a little boy to a killer and back again with heartrending results. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ambie
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