Watch: This Gun for Hire 1942 123movies, Full Movie Online – Hit man Philip Raven, who’s kind to children and cats, kills a blackmailer and is paid off by traitor Willard Gates in “hot” money. Meanwhile, pert entertainer Ellen Graham, girlfriend of police Lieut. Crane (who’s after Raven) is enlisted by a Senate committee to help investigate Gates. Raven, seeking Gates for revenge, meets Ellen on the train; their relationship gradually evolves from that of killer and potential victim to an uneasy alliance against a common enemy..
Plot: Sadistic killer-for-hire Raven becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates, Raven sits beside Gates’ lovely new employee, Ellen, on a train out of town. Although Ellen is engaged to marry the police lieutenant who’s hunting down Raven, she decides to try and set the misguided hit man straight as he hides from the cops and plots his revenge.
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“I don’t go soft for anybody”
As a piece of cinema, Frank Tuttle’s ‘This Gun for Hire (1942)’ is both brief and insignificant, a throwaway crime story about a hardened assassin, a glamorous girl, a police manhunt and an international conspiracy. It’s just what you’d expect from an adaptation of Graham Greene’s “A Gun for Sale,” one of those novels with such low literary aspirations that the author affectionately labelled them “entertainments” to distinguish from his more noble and artistic works. Greene certainly wasn’t kidding entertainment is provided in great abundance, the film delivering short and sharp thrills that keep the viewer on the edge of their seats. Alan Ladd, in his first major role, carves up the screen as an emotionally-tormented contract killer who will cradle a kitten in his arms, but won’t take kindly to any woman who gets in his way. Veronica Lake, looking positively luminous, is the woman who gets in his way, but whose charms are enough to melt even the hardest of hearts. The success of their teaming spawned a fruitful partnership during the 1940s.
Philip Raven (Ladd) is afforded the introduction of a classic hard-boiled anti-hero. After waking up to lovingly greet a stray cat with fresh milk, he then rips open the dress of the landlady’s daughter, who tries to disrupt the cat’s breakfast, before reprimanding her with a taut slap across the side of the face. Raven is not presented to us as a hero, but neither as a villain; like all good film noir protagonists, his personality and motivations are tantalisingly ambiguous, and so our sympathies towards him are confused. Blonde bombshell Veronica Lake arrives on the scene with a lively performance of “Now You See It, Now You Don’t” (her singing voice dubbed by Martha Mears) that is sure to have any male viewers quickly sitting upright. In this film, Lake has none of the frail passiveness that of her follow-up Ladd collaboration ‘The Glass Key (1942),’ instead bringing an independent and subtly erotic charm that is reminiscent of what Lauren Bacall would provide two years later in ‘To Have and Have Not (1944).’
Alan Ladd here also benefits from the absence of a love interest. One of the few weaknesses of ‘The Glass Key’ was the unintentionally awkward romantic sequences between Lake and himself. Ladd can surely play hard-boiled, but he doesn’t do tender very well (unless the object of his affection is feline). In ‘This Gun for Hire,’ his relationship with Lake is first one of necessity, but gradually transforms into a mutual respect, and an understanding that hints just enough at sexual attraction without drawing attention to it. Robert Preston is adequate, though oddly insubstantial as the film’s most reputable character, and Laird Cregar is interesting as the plump and cowardly villain who’s inadvertently bitten off more than he can chew. The film winds down in its final twenty minutes or so, and the finale’s weak attempt at patriotism an apparent obligation under the current political climate serves to distance the modern viewer from the engrossing and intimate thriller we had previously enjoyed. Nevertheless, if you see it on the rental shelf, this gun is very much worth hiring out.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 21 min (81 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director Frank Tuttle
Writer Albert Maltz, W.R. Burnett, Graham Greene
Actors Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston
Country United States
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,545.08 m (8 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm