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directed by Michael McCarthy

UK 1951


A taut, noir-ish crime thriller produced by Primetime Emmy nominee and future Avengers lynchpin Julian Wintle, Assassin for Hire stars Sydney Tafler as a hitman who nurtures his younger brother s musical talent with blood money; Ronald Howard is the Scotland Yard inspector who doggedly pursues him using any means at his disposal. This early-fifties 'B'-movie gem is featured here in a brandnew transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Antonio Riccardi, a rare stamp dealer who is secretly a hired killer, pays for the violin lessons of his gifted brother Giuseppe. To meet the expenses of Giuseppe's concert debut he accepts a further job, but his decision to do so provides Detective Inspector Carson, who has long hoped to ensnare Tony, with an opportunity hat might now enable him to bring about his downfall....


Theatrical Release: April 1951 (UK)


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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:04:24 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.92 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Original Pressbook PDF

DVD Release Date: March 2nd, 2015
Slim, transparent Amaray Case

Chapters 10





Another competent and watchable, reasonably-priced, single-layered SD PAL transfer from Network out of the UK. The film is a compelling crime-drama 'B' picture. Fairly straightforward with some pleasing performances. Short, sweet, intentionally paced...

Nice image - clean - decent contrast - very acceptable for the lesser format.

The subtle score is by Ronnie Emanuel, his only film credit. There are no subtitles on the region 2, PAL, disc.

Extras consist only of a pressbook PDF information at the root of the SD disc.

I've always been a fan of these effective B features - deductive British cops vs. a swaggering criminal element. This prefaced much of the modern, modest-living Italian gangster focused flics that would surface later. Although the accents, here, leave a bit to be desired. A can watch 3 of these a night - worth the indulgence for fans of this sub-genre.

  - Gary Tooze


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