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|Assassin for Hire|
|Directed by||Michael McCarthy|
|Produced by||Julian Wintle|
|Written by||Rex Rienits|
|Based on||TV play by Rex Rienits|
|Music by||Ronnie Emanuel|
|Edited by||Eric Hodges|
|Distributed by||Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors (UK) |
William H. Horne & David Dietz (US)
Assassin for Hire is a 1951 British crime film directed by Michael McCarthy and starring Sydney Tafler, Ronald Howard and Katharine Blake. Its plot follows a contract killer who becomes stricken with remorse when he is led to believe he has murdered his brother.
Antonio Riccardi, a young British criminal of Italian heritage, works as a professional contract killer in order to pay for his gifted younger brother's violin lessons so that he can escape from a life of poverty and crime. A series of mistakes lead him to wrongly believe he has killed his brother, and he confesses his crimes to the police.
- Sydney Tafler – Antonio Riccardi
- Ronald Howard – Detective Inspector Carson
- Katharine Blake – Maria Riccardi
- John Hewer – Giuseppe Riccardi
- June Rodney – Helen Garrett
- Gerald Case – Detective Sergeant Stott
- Reginald Dyson – Josef Meyerling
- Sam Kydd – Bert
- Ian Wallace – Charlie
- Martin Benson – Catesby
- Ewen Solon – Fred
Rienits based on the script on a television film Assassin for Hire which was screened by the BBC in September 1950. This in turn was based on a radio play. Rienits later turned the story into a novel.
It was intended as a supporting feature, although it may have been shown as a headline feature in some cinemas.
- Chibnall & McFarlane p.98
- Chibnall & McFarlane p.97-98
- "Australian's Television Play To Be Filmed". The Sunday Herald. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 5 November 1950. p. 6. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
- "Latest Fiction". The Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 8 November 1952. p. 7. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
- "CRIME SHELF". The Mail. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 8 November 1952. p. 2 Supplement: SUNDAY MAGAZINE. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
- Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.
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