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Kid Glove Killer (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | April 1942 (USA)
Crime lab expert Gordon McKay uses the latest forensic techniques to solve murders in a city plagued by political corruption and mob rackets.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Allen Rivkin (screenplay), John C. Higgins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Gordon McKay
Marsha Hunt ... Jane Mitchell
Lee Bowman ... Gerald Ladimer
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mayor Daniels
Cliff Clark ... Captain Lynch
Eddie Quillan ... Eddie Wright
John Litel ... Matty
Cathy Lewis ... Bessie Wright (as Catherine Lewis)
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Daniels
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Storyline

First feature film from director Fred Zinneman is a snappy little "B" feature that features Van Heflin as the head of a city crime lab who solves the murder of the town mayor by analyzing evidence from the crime. Written by <jbsports@li.net>

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Crime under the microscope.Introducing Police chemist Gordon McKay.


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Along Came Murder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$199,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$336,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$550,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Working titles: "Then There Were Two" and "Along Came Murder." See more »

Goofs

The powder used in the bomb that killed Mayor Daniels was discovered by Gordon McKay to be the same powder as used in .38 Magnum ammunition. The .357 Magnum cartridge was created by Elmer Keith and manufacturer Smith & Wesson about 7 years prior to this movie. There was, however, never a .38 Magnum cartridge. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Wright: Just bury me with one of your swell hamburgers on my chest.
Bessie Wright: With onions?
Eddie Wright: You oughta know by now.
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Follows They're Always Caught (1938) See more »

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30 October 2000 | by KuRt-33See all my reviews

The category for this movie might be 'mystery', the plot however certainly isn't. Within the first five minutes of the film you found out that Jerry is corrupt and you meet McKay, the man who'll certainly solve the crime. This makes you wonder why the movie would be interesting.

Still, like most of Hitchcock's features, it's not what the movie is about, it's what you do with the plot that makes the movie. Zinneman's first is quite good for a debut: the film is sober but effective. The relation between McKay and his female assistant Mitchell is more interesting than 95% of the working relations you normally get to see. McKay's forensic quest is quite interesting too.

Bear in mind that it's a debut and watch a very nice film.


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