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Murder by Contract (1958)

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Starring (View all)
Vince Edwards Vince Edwards
Claude
Caprice Toriel Caprice Toriel
Billie Williams
Michael Granger Michael Granger
Mr. Moon
Kathie Browne Kathie Browne
Mary - Secretary and Party Girl
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell
Harry - Hotel Room Waiter
Frances Osborne Frances Osborne
Miss Wiley - Ex-maid


Written by
Ben Maddow Ben Maddow
uncredited


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Murder by Contract

1 year, 4 months ago at Jul 19 13:56
While watching Columbia Noir on the Criterion Channel, I found that Murder by Contract snuck up on me with the biggest punch. Lean, mean, and enthralling, Murder by Contract is a nasty little B-movie that attacks you with more artistry and firepower than some of its more stuffy, canonized siblings. There’s an air of cool here that wouldn’t be replicated again until Le Samourai, Jean-Pierre Mel... read more
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When a hit man fails to carry through with the execution of a star witness, he finds himself marked for murder.
Release date: 18 December 1958
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Murder by Contract

“While watching Columbia Noir on the Criterion Channel, I found that Murder by Contract snuck up on me with the biggest punch. Lean, mean, and enthralling, Murder by Contract is a nasty little B-movie that attacks you with more artistry and firepower than some of its more stuffy, canonized siblings. There’s an air of cool here that wouldn’t be replicated again until Le Samourai, Jean-Pierre Melville’s neo-noir.   There’s also a clear line between this and something like Taxi Driver as the main character isolates himself, commits to a vigorous training regime, and develops an ideology of the world needing purifying in some manner. The difference is that Taxi Driver’s character operated from a perverse viewpoint that placed him as the hero of his narrative. The heir apparent to t” read more

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"Limpid, compact low-budget ingenuity. Emotionless hepcat Claude (Vince Edwards) insinuates himself as a contract killer for an unseen Mr. Big and, after proving his efficiency with a couple of clean rubouts, gets handed a major assignment—offing a mob witness holed up behind a wall of feds. Closer to Paul Schrader’s narcissistic loners than to Jean-Pierre Melville’s spiritual sangfroid, Edward’s chilly sheen is stuffed with pocketbook fatalism, but Murder by Contract’s cunning oddness "


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