Assassin for Hire
|Assassin for Hire|
|Directed by||Michael McCarthy|
|Produced by||Julian Wintle|
|Written 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
It was the first feature film made by Anglo-Amalgamated. It was made at Merton Park Studios from a screenplay by Rex Rienits which he based on the script of a television film Assassin for Hire which he had written the previous year. 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
- Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.
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