Shoot to Kill (1947 film)

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Shoot to Kill
Shoot to Kill FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Berke
Produced by William Berke
Screenplay by Edwin V. Westrate
Starring Robert Kent
Luana Walters
Edmund MacDonald
Music by Darrell Calker
Gene Rodgers
Cinematography Benjamin H. Kline
Edited by Arthur A. Brooks
Robert L. Lippert Productions
Distributed by Screen Guild Productions
Release date
  • March 15, 1947 (1947-03-15) (United States)
Running time
64 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Shoot to Kill, also known as Police Reporter is a 1947 American film noir directed by William Berke and starring Robert Kent, Luana Walters, Edmund MacDonald and Russell Wade.[1]


Being pursued by police cars, a fleeing motor vehicle crashes off the side of the road. The survivor relates the events that preceded the chase in flashback format. A former gangster is framed by a corrupt district attorney. With his wife and an investigative reporter, he gathers proof of his innocence in hopes of clearing his name.


  • Robert Kent as former gangster "Dixie" Logan aka Judge Joel Conroy
  • Luana Walters as Logan's wife, Marian Logan
  • Edmund MacDonald as the corrupt DA, Lawrence Dale
  • Russell Wade as investigative reporter George "Mitch" Mitchell
  • Vince Barnett as Charlie Gill
  • Nestor Paiva as Gus Miller
  • Charles Trowbridge as District Attorney John Forsythe
  • Harry Brown as Jim Forman
  • Ted Hecht as Al Collins
  • Harry Cheshire as Mike Blake
  • Joe Devlin as Smokey, Man Tailing Dale
  • Eddie Foster as Bingo, Man Tailing Dale
  • Frank O'Connor as Deputy Clem Sparks
  • Sammy Stein as Blackie
  • Robert Riordan as Ed Carter
  • Gene Rodgers as Piano Player


When the film was released The New York Times panned the film, writing, "Screeching tires and the barking of guns are the chief sound effects in Shoot to Kill, an all-around amateurish job of movie-making which found its way into the Rialto yesterday. An outfit called Screen Guild Productions is responsible for this dilly about an assistant district attorney who double-crosses all his racketeer pals and winds up his career on a slab in the morgue. William Berke as the director-producer did not get anything resembling a performance, much less characterization, out of his players, chief of whom are Russell Wade, Susan Walters, Edmund MacDonald and Douglas Blackley."[2]


Gene Rodgers appears on screen performing two of his own compositions: "Ballad of the Bayou" and "Rajah's Blues"; the film's score was provided by Darrell Calker.


  1. ^ Shoot to Kill on IMDb.
  2. ^ The New York Times, film review, May 17, 1947. Accessed: July 13, 2013.

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