Movie Diary 3/23/2016

This Gun for Hire (Frank Tuttle, 1942).A re-look at this after reading the Graham Greene novel. It’s a clever adaptation, and Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake are in the groove, even if she does play a nightclub singer who incorporates magic tricks into her act. For some reason I’ve always been struck by the joviality of Frank Ferguson in the early scene where Ladd’s hit man is about to kill him – he offers his killer cookies (“They’re very good!”) while Ladd can’t wait to put his hand on his gun. Then Ladd shoots a dame through a door.

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