April 1942: This Gun For Hire

Yay! A real noir thriller!

Alan Ladd’s great as the taciturn assassin. I don’t think I’ve seen many movies with Veronica Lake, and she’s definitely of the “I’m standing here waiting until the other person finishes their line so that I can say my line” school of acting, but she’s fun. She’s certainly a better actor than some of the other characters in this movie.

The plot of the film is a literally literally in-credible series of koinkidinks, but hey, who cares. It’s kinda perfect anyway.

This Gun For Hire. Frank Tuttle. 1942.

Popular movies in April 1942 according to IMDB:

63877.5This Gun for Hire
17637.4Larceny, Inc.
9287.2My Favorite Blonde
14257.1One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
5196.9Kid Glove Killer
2956.7The Man Who Wouldn’t Die
9096.6Rio Rita
3106.6Alias Boston Blackie

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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