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Born to Kill

USA, English, 92 mins

  • Director: Robert Wise
  • Writer: Eve Greene; Richard Macaulay
  • Producer: Sid Rogell; Herman Schlom

CGiii Comment

The subtle sub-text is noir-perfect.

This alone makes for an utterly compelling film.


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The(ir) Blurb...

In Reno a man kills a girl he likes and her boyfriend out of jealousy; it may not be the first time. A woman whose divorce has just come through finds the bodies but decides not to become involved. The two meet next day on the train to San Francisco unaware of this link between them. They are attracted to each other, and the relationship survives his marriage to her half-sister for money and status. It even survives the woman discovering that he was the murderer, though she may not realise how easily someone who has killed this way before can do so again.

Cast & Characters

Claire Trevor as Helen Brent;
Lawrence Tierney as Sam Wild;
Walter Slezak as Matthew Arnett;
Phillip Terry as Fred Grover;
Audrey Long as Georgia Staples;
Elisha Cook Jr. as Marty;
Isabel Jewell as Laury Palmer;
Esther Howard as Mrs. Kraft;
Kathryn Card as Grace;
Tony Barrett as Danny;
Grandon Rhodes as Police Inspector Wilson;
Jason Robards Sr. as Conductor;
Stanley Stone as Train Conductor;
Demetrius Alexis as Maitre d'Hotel;
Symona Boniface as Gambler at Roulette Table

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