The Assassin (1952)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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British private detective Richard Todd is sent to Venice, there to locate and a reward a wartime partisan. Once he arrives, the detective finds himself the quarry of every Venetian cop in sight. Todd soon learns that he's been fingered as a murderer--and that it's just possible he's been framed by the partisan, who has become a desperate criminal. Heavily influenced by The Third Man (49), Assassin is a routine action melodrama spiced by genuine Austrian settings. The film was initially released in Great Britain as Venetian Bird (hmmm...sounds a lot like Maltese Falcon).

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assassination, chase, courage, death, detective, escape, false-accusation, false-conviction, investigation, killing, law-school, manhunt, murder, prison, private-detective, romance, search, violence, women's-prison