Kid Glove Killer

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Kid Glove Killer

Fred Zinnemann
USA, 1942
74min, OF

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Kid Glove Killer

Fred Zinnemann
USA, 1942
, 74min, OF

Cast: 
Van Heflin
Marsha Hunt
Lee Bowman
Samuel S. Hinds
Cliff Clark
Eddie Quillan
John Litel
Screenplay: 
Allen Rivkin
John C. Higgins
Camera: 
Paul Vogel
Composer: 
David Snell
Daniele Amfitheatrof
Lennie Hayton

Production: 
MGM
Format: 
16 mm
Black/White

The B-film’s important role as a lower risk stage for testing new talent is showcased in the striking directorial debut of Austrian émigré Fred Zinnemann and the first starring role for Van Heflin. A taut police procedural film, KID GLOVE KILLER was an expansion of an episode from MGM’s long-running shorts series CRIME DOES NOT PAY, two-reeler cautionary tales that traced the birth, evolution and successful extermination by a police agency of a wide range of criminal activities and enterprises, from drunk driving and embezzlement to counterfeiting and smuggling. Here Van Heflin is a wise-cracking and casually sexist forensic criminologist pitted against a corrupt District Attorney and rival for the affection of his lab assistant Marsha Hunt who suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a tense cat-and-mouse game. Writer John C. Higgins imparts KID GLOVE KILLER with rich details of forensic crime work that point towards his effcient police procedural screenplays for Anthony Mann (T-MEN, HE WALKED BY NIGHT, BORDER INCIDENT). (Haden Guest)