Born to Kill

Overview

Helen Brent (Claire Trevor) has just received a Reno divorce. That night, she discovers one of her neighbors, Laury Palmer, and a gentleman caller murdered in Palmer's home. The killer is her neighbor's other boyfriend, Sam Wilde (Lawrence Tierney), an insanely jealous man who won't abide anyone "cutting in" on him.

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  1. James Gunn

    Novel

  2. Richard Macaulay

    Screenplay

  3. Eve Greene

    Screenplay

  4. Robert Wise

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Claire Trevor

    Claire Trevor

    Helen Brent

  2. Lawrence Tierney

    Lawrence Tierney

    Sam Wild

  3. Walter Slezak

    Walter Slezak

    Matthew Arnett

  4. Phillip Terry

    Phillip Terry

    Fred Grover

  5. Audrey Long

    Audrey Long

    Georgia Staples

  6. Elisha Cook Jr.

    Elisha Cook Jr.

    Marty

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 32m

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  • May 3, 1947
    Theatrical

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A review by Steve

8.0
By Steve

FILM NOIR OF THE WEEK

Robert Wise's Born to Kill has never been one of my favorite noirs. It regularly tops "best of" lists, and many film noir enthusiasts whom I respect love it, so I was hoping a fresh viewing would reveal something new to me.

Alas, for me it was still the same old flick. It's an enjoyable picture, but it's wildly melodramatic, there are subplots that never really go anywhere, and its over-the-top characters are mostly two-dimensional. The key to a great noir, like Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (1944), is the sense that it could happen to you, or to someone you know.... read the rest.

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