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Assassin for Hire (1951)

Pretending to be rare stamp dealer, a man devotedly supports wife and musically talented younger brother as a professional hit-man.


Michael McCarthy


Rex Rienits (screenplay), Rex Rienits (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Antonio Riccardi
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Detective Inspector Carson
Katharine Blake Katharine Blake ... Maria Riccardi
John Hewer John Hewer ... Giuseppe Riccardi
June Rodney June Rodney ... Helen Garrett
Gerald Case Gerald Case ... Detective Sgt. Stott
Ian Wallace Ian Wallace ... Charlie
Reginald Dyson Reginald Dyson ... Josef Meyerling
Martin Benson ... Catesby
Sam Kydd ... Bert
Ewen Solon ... Fred


Pretending to be rare stamp dealer, a man devotedly supports wife and musically talented younger brother as a professional hit-man.

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Release Date:

April 1951 (UK) See more »

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Merton Park Studios See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first shown on television in New York City Monday 19 January 1953 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Sunday 29 March 1953 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »


Remake of Assassin for Hire (1950) See more »

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nicely told tale in a small package
1 March 2016 | by tlloydesqSee all my reviews

A lot of activity is squeezed into this tight 64 minutes. Howard is the cop who takes a chance to capture suspected killer Tafler. The story unfolds in a methodical manner with first little hints and then later more concrete evidence being presented. No real dramatic twists but the film does build in a way to maintain an interest. You are always one step ahead of the plot but the presentation adds an edge to the experience.

I like the way that a small cast and short running time gives a watchable drama. The makers could easily have added an extra 20 minutes of padding and added a few yawns along the way.

The short running time does resemble a TV drama so don't expect a blockbuster. However if you want to while away an hour this is a good choice.

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