Assassin for Hire (1951)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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Long before it concentrated on its series of Edgar Wallace mysteries, the British Merton Park studios cut its teeth on taut little home-grown melodramas. Assassin for Hire stars Sydney Tafler as Antonio Riccardi, a professional killer who has long managed to elude the law. Inspector Carson (Ronald Howard) is determined to bring Riccardi to justice, but has no evidence to work with. In a peculiar twist of fate, Riccardi is brought to heel by a crime he didn't commit. Beyond its better-than-usual production values, Assassin for Hire permits us a glimpse at Ronald Howard impersonating a detective several years before starring in the Sherlock Holmes TV series.

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alter-ego, arrest, assassination, brother, convict, defector, false-accusation, husband, justice, killing, love, mission [quest], murder, profession, Soviet