This Gun for Hire

thisgunforhire1942, Dir. Frank Tuttle

Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd team up for the first of their film noirs that dazzled audiences with elegance and grit. This dark thriller gave us Ladd’s breakthrough performance after a series of several uncredited roles in films at Paramount. As the cold blooded killer Raven, Ladd brings a nuance to the part that reveals there’s more to him than the facade.

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