Best Movies by Farr

This Gun for Hire

This Gun for Hire Poster
This Gun for Hire Poster

Released

1942

Runtime

81

This Gun for Hire

Watch it On

What's it About

After carrying out a contract killing in a seedy San Francisco hotel room, icy assassin Phillip Raven (Alan Ladd) is betrayed by crooked nightclub owner Willard Gates (Laird Cregar). Meanwhile, Ellen Graham (Veronica Lake), girlfriend of a detective out to nail Gates, takes a job in one of Gates's clubs, while secretly keeping tabs on his illegal work. One night, the singer-turned-spy meets Raven on a train, sparking a relationship that leads to revenge.

Why we love it

Featuring Ladd's breakthrough role as a baby-faced killer, "Gun”", adapted from a Graham Greene novel, paired the diminutive actor for the first time with the mysterious, wildly seductive Lake, famous for her peek-a-boo” hairstyle. (On the strength of their on-screen chemistry here, the pair would make six more movies together.) "Gun"” has all the elements youd expect from a gangster picture: murder, deception, lust, violence, and dark, moody cinematography to match the conspiratorial tone. Rich in atmosphere and with plenty of clipped tough-guy dialogue, you'll understand just why this movie made Ladd and Lake overnight stars.

Up Next

This Is England