Saturday, July 8, 2017

Murder by Contract (1958) Vince Edwards

It's Kill or Be Killed!

Claude  has a regular job, no history of trouble with the law and no chance of making the money he needs to get up in the world. What should one do? Oh that's right, become a hit man and make the big bucks. 


 Irving Lerner


 Ben Simcoe


 Vince EdwardsPhillip PineHerschel Bernardi 

Vince Edwards is very effective as Claude, an educated, philosophical hit man. The script is peppered with many amusing and even thought-provoking observations on Claude's 'business'. Lending equally entertaining support are Hershel Bernardi and Philip Pine, who play the hoods assigned to guide Claude to his target. Conflict, wit, suspense, and outright humor abounds in this clever and tense script. It's worth watching, especially since Martin Scorsese has acknowledged it as an influence on his films, notably "Taxi Driver."★★★

 Vince Edwards
Phillip Pine & Herschel Bernardi 

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