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  • This Gun For Hire (Eureka Classics) Blu-rayThis Gun For Hire (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (14/09/2020) from £10.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    One of the most revered film noir hits of the 1940s, This Gun for Hire was also the debut teaming of Veronica Lake, in one of her sultriest and most iconic roles, and Alan Ladd. Following the success of the film, the duo would go on to team up in several more features, although This Gun for Hire remains their most fondly remembered pairing. Ladd as a frightening yet oddly sympathetic hit man was only fourth-billed in this defining early noir, yet it became the breakout role that turned him into a star. As The New York Times said of Ladd upon the film's 1942 release, He is really an actor to watch. After this stinging performance, he has something to live up to or live down. Lake is nightclub chanteuse Ellen, and her police detective boyfriend Michael (Robert Preston) is on the hunt for assassin-for-hire Philip Raven (Ladd), after Raven performed a hit on a chemist with a secret formula and a taste for blackmail. When Raven's employer Gates (Laird Cregar) double crosses him after the job is done, Raven seeks revenge, and his path crosses with Ellen after she is hired to perform at Gates' club. Raven learns that the stolen formula is for a poison gas that is to be sold to the Japanese, and his pangs of conscience and revelations of his tortured past turn Ellen's fear into compassion, just as dangerous forces close in on Raven. But Ellen is still unsure if Raven can be trusted... Adapted from Graham Greene's novel, This Gun for Hire is a stylish wartime espionage noir that was actually in the middle of shooting when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entered the war. Lake and Ladd were such a dynamic pairing that Paramount already teamed them again for the same year's adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key before this was even released. In a touch of cinematic irony, The Glass Key had previously been filmed in 1935...by This Gun for Hire director Frank Tuttle (who did not return for the '42 version). Special Features: 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a 4K scan of the original film elements Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 audio Audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin This Gun for Hire episode of Lux Radio Theater with the voices of Alan Ladd and Joan Blondell This Gun for Hire episode of The Screen Guild Theater with the voices of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake Theatrical trailer A collector's booklet featuring new writing by film writer and journalist Barry Forshaw, and film writer Craig Ian Mann

  • Film Noir Collection [DVD]Film Noir Collection | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £8.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    4 Movies Film Noir Collection Includes: Double Indemnity One of the finest films the noir genre has to offer. Double Indemnity has a bona fide Hollywood cast: Fred MacMurry is the insurance salesman led astray by Barbara Stanwyck's definitive femme fatale, Edward G Robinson investigates them. The Blue Dahlia Raymond Chandler's one and only screenplay (nominated for an Oscar®*). Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake are the leads: He is the returning GI who may or may not have been framed for murder, she is the femme fatale aiding him. The Glass Key This masterful adaption of Dasheill Hammett's tale of intrigue sees Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake positively smouldering as a henchman and politician's daughter drawn to each other. This Gun for Hire An early example of the noir genre and the first time pairing of Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd, here making his screen debut. Based on a Graham Greene novel.

  • Heaven Can Wait [DVD] [1943]Heaven Can Wait | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £9.43   |  Saving you £0.56 (5.94%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Newly deceased playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter the gates of hell. Though the Devil doubts Henry's sins will qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime spent wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) not withstanding. Nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, Heaven Can Wait is an enduring cl...

  • This Gun For HireThis Gun For Hire | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £5.38   |  Saving you £4.61 (85.69%)   |  RRP £9.99

    He's dynamite with a gun or a girl. One of Hollywood's classic hard-boiled thrillers and a favorite of suspense film lovers. The picture marked the first hit pairing of tough guy Alan Ladd in the role that made him an instant star and sultry blonde bombshell Veronica Lake. Adapted from a novel by Graham Greene it's the hard-edged story of love power and betrayal set in the seamy underworld of the 1940's. Raven (Alan Ladd) is a cold-blooded professional killer who's been double-crossed by his client. Ellen (Veronica Lake) is a beautiful nightclub singer who's spying on her corrupt boss. Lt. Michael Crane (Robert Preston) is a dedicated cop who wants Ellen's love and Raven's capture. The tension mounts and before the case is wrapped up someone will pay with his life.

  • Heaven Can WaitHeaven Can Wait | DVD | (16/01/2006) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Newly deceased playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter the gates of hell. Though the Devil doubts Henry's sins will qualify him for eternal damnation Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime spent wooing and pursuing women his long happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) not withstanding. Nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director Heaven Can Wait is an end

  • Black SwanBlack Swan | DVD | (28/08/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Seas Ablaze...with black villainy with fiery romance with breathless deeds of daring...in the roaring era of Love Gold and Adventure! When notorious pirate Henry Morgan is made governor of Jamaica he enlists the help of some of his former partners in ridding the Carribean of Buccaneers. When one of them apparently abducts the previous governor's pretty daughter and joins up with the rebels things are set for a fight.

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