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. Koch, Edmond O'Brien
Writers:Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay), John C. Higgins(screenplay)
Stars:Edmond O'Brien, John Agar, Marla English