Sunday, July 2, 2017

Shield For Murder (1954) Edmond O'Brien - John Agar








When a brutal police detective Lt. murders a bookmaker's runner for $25,000 in cash, a deaf mute sees him do it, and now he finds he must kill again to cover his tracks.

Detective Lt. Barney Nolan played by Edmond O'Brien, gives a very hard-edged performance and his character is completely unlikable.  He descends into violent desperation. After a few drinks in a spaghetti bar he meets incredible looking Carolyn Jones, a few minutes later he beats the crap out of the mugs that want their money back. Shield For Murder is a fast-paced crime drama that builds to an exciting climax. This is a better than average cop film that holds up very well today. For fans of Noir, like myself, it's a must-see.
★★★



Directors:

 Howard W. KochEdmond O'Brien

Writers:

 Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay), John C. Higgins(screenplay) 

Stars:

 Edmond O'BrienJohn AgarMarla English

Edmond O'Brien

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