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This Gun for Hire

Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd in This Gun for Hire.

Cold, detached, Raven (Alan Ladd) may be cinema's first contract killer, a hitman with no qualms about dispatching whoever it is he's been hired to eliminate. That changes when he meets and befriends Ellen (Veronica Lake), who despite being the fiance of an officer of the law becomes the first to know the wounded soul beneath the cold, hard veneer. Here she's with him as they make their way through the freightyards at night, the authorities close behind.

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