Paid to Kill (1954)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Release Date - Jun 25, 1954 (USA)  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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In this thriller, a nearly bankrupt businessman blackmails a buddy into to murdering him within a week so that his wife can collect on his hefty insurance policy. Unfortunately, his business takes a sudden upswing, and he no longer has to die. Too bad his friend doesn't know that. The hero suffers several near misses before learning that it is partner and another who really want to kill him, not his friend whom they have kidnapped and framed. In the end, the villains shoot each other.

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blackmail, business, contract, criminal, family, finances, frame-up, friendship, help, hitman, insurance, insurance-fraud, kidnapping, killing, life, loot, mind, partner, policy, search, thug, time, wife