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Gun For Hire Review

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A killer for hire named Raven kills his target. But before he knows it, there's a massive manhunt for him. It seems that the man he killed is a senator. While trying to evade the police, he takes a woman, Anne hostage. Though he eventually lets her go. She develops some kind of fascination for him, which doesn't please her boyfriend, who just happens to be the one who tracking Raven. At the same time Raven tries to find out who set him up and why.

★★★★★

A new version of the Graham Greene novel which was a big career boost for Alan Ladd when filmed in 1942. Robert Wagner does a fine job as the taciturn contract killer who thinking it just a run of the mill 'hit', bumps off a Senator in New Orleans and then proceeds to track down the men who hired him after they try to kill him too.

Nancy Everhard is the stripper who helps; who also happens to be the investigating detective’s girlfriend. The plotting is sometimes weak, but Wagner’s cold authority and a consistently bleak and imaginative visual style make sure that this is still a good few notches above the usual made-for-TV fare.

The plotting is sometimes weak, but Wagner’s cold authority and a consistently bleak and imaginative visual style make sure that this is still a good few notches above the usual made-for-TV fare.