This Gun for Hire Movie Review Summary

Actors: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston , Laird Cregar, Tully Marshall

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Based on Graham Greene's "A Gun for Sale", THIS GUN FOR HIRE was directed by Frank Tuttle in 1942.
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Philip Raven is a hitman hired by Willard Gates to kill a blackmailer. Gates pays Raven with marked $10 bills hoping that the killer will soon be caught. Raven manages to escape the police and takes the train to L.A. in order to take revenge on Gates. During the journey, Raven meets Ellen Graham, a singer who's been just engaged by Gates to perform in his night-club.

Ellen Graham is in fact working for the Senator Burnett who suspects Gates to be a traitor. Ellen will persuade Raven to help her prove that Alvin Brewster, the boss of the Nitro company and Gates's employer, is actually selling poison gas to the Japanese. Won over by Ellen's patriotism, Raven promises to the young woman that he'll try to obtain a written confession of Gates and Brewster before thinking about his own wish for revenge.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   finding a spy/saboteur    -   finding an assassin The terrorist enemy is...    -   businessmen (the #1 enemy in Hollywood films)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   San Francisco Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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