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Shoot to Kill

1947

A former gangster (Robert Kent) who was framed by a corrupt district attorney (Charles Trowbridge). With his wife and an investigative reporter he gathers proof of his innocence in hopes of clearing his name.

Shoot to Kill, also known as Police Reporter is a 1947 American black-and-white film noir directed by William Berke, and stars Robert Kent (actor), Luana Walters, Edmund MacDonald and Russell Wade.<>.</>

Plot

Being pursued by police cars, a fleeing motor vehicle crashes off the side of the road. The survivor relates the events that preceded the chase in flashback format. A former gangster is framed by a corrupt district attorney. With his wife and an investigative reporter, he gathers proof of his innocence in hopes of clearing his name.

Cast

  • Robert Kent (actor) as former gangster "Dixie" Logan aka Judge Joel Conroy
  • Luana Walters as Logan's wife, Marian Logan
  • Edmund MacDonald as the corrupt DA, Lawrence Dale
  • Russell Wade as investigative reporter George "Mitch" Mitchell
  • Vince Barnett as Charlie Gill
  • Nestor Paiva as Gus Miller
  • Charles Trowbridge as District Attorney John Forsythe
  • Harry Brown (actor) as Jim Forman
  • Ted Hecht as Al Collins
  • Harry Cheshire as Mike Blake
  • Joe Devlin (actor) as Smokey, Man Tailing Dale
  • Eddie Foster (actor) as Bingo, Man Tailing Dale
  • Frank O'Connor (actor) as Deputy Clem Sparks
  • Sammy Stein as Blackie
  • Robert Riordan as Ed Carter
  • Gene Rodgers as Piano Player

Reception

=Critical response=

When the film was release The New York Times panned the film, writing, "Screeching tires and the barking of guns are the chief sound effects in Shoot to Kill, an all-around amateurish job of movie-making which found its way into the Rialto yesterday. An outfit called Screen Guild Productions is responsible for this dilly about an assistant district attorney who double-crosses all his racketeer pals and winds up his career on a slab in the morgue. William Berke as the director-producer did not get anything resembling a performance, much less characterization, out of his players, chief of whom are Russell Wade, Susan Walters, Edmund MacDonald and Douglas Blackley."

Soundtrack

Gene Rodgers appears on screen performing two of his own compositions: "Ballad of the Bayou" and "Rajah's Blues"; the film's score was provided by Darrell Calker.


Category:1947 films
Category:1940s crime drama films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:American films
Category:American crime drama films
Category:American crime thriller films
Category:English-language films
Category:Film noir
Category:Films directed by William A. Berke
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William Berke

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