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Short Cut to Hell (1957)





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As a favor to an old friend, producer Alex Gordon, James Cagney turned director for the first and only time in his career with Short Cut to Hell. The film is a remake of the 1942 Veronica Lake-Alan Ladd starrer This Gun For Hire. Robert Ivers plays Kyle, a hired killer who is double-crossed by his employer Bahrwell (Jacques Aubuchon). Seeking revenge, Kyle is reluctantly teamed with Glory Hamilton (Georgann Johnson), who has been targeted for elimination by Bahrwell and his henchman Nichols (Murvyn Vye). Unfortunately, Glory is the girlfriend of detective Stan (William Bishop), forcing Kyle to go on the lam before he can settle accounts with the film's principal villain. Kyle is finally able to get even with Bahrwell, and in the process reveals his long-dormant "good" side. Though the film itself is nothing special, Cagney's direction is sharp and efficient; it's too bad that Short Cut to Hell was his only effort behind the cameras.

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Robert Ivers
as Kyle Niles
Georgann Johnson
as Glory Hamilton
Murvyn Vye
as Nichols
Milton Frome
as Los Angeles Police Captain
Dennis McMullen
as Los Angeles Policeman
William Newell
as Hotel Manager
Sarah Selby
as Adam's Secretary
Michael Ross
as Inspector Ross
Douglas Spencer
as Conductor
Danny Lewis
as Piano Player
Douglas Evans
as Mr. Henry
Hugh Lawrence
as Patrolman
Joe Bassett
as Patrolman
William Pullen
as Used Car Lot Manager
Russell Trent
as Trainman
Joe Forte
as Ticket Seller
Roscoe Ates
as Ext. Road Driver
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Critic Reviews for Short Cut to Hell

All Critics (2)

The only film directed by James Cagney.

July 20, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Ivers e Johnson, estreando como protagonistas, não fazem feio. Infelizmente, a direção de Cagney (sua única tentativa) e o roteiro pouco inspirado condenaram o projeto.

October 11, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Short Cut to Hell


Unnecessary remake of This Gun for Hire is just another standard crime drama. The leads are adequate but certainly don't have the star charisma of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.

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