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Kid Glove Killer

1942 1h 14m Crime Drama List
86% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 56% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Ambitious attorney Jerry Ladimer (Lee Bowman), working for mob boss Matty (John Litel), gets a new mayor (Samuel S. Hinds) elected to help further his own political plans. When the mayor vows to destroy the city's organized crime network, Jerry has him murdered and frames a local business owner (Eddie Quillan) for the crime. But the city's new crime laboratory, run by Gordon McKay (Van Heflin) and his feisty assistant, Jane Mitchell (Marsha Hunt), can find evidence pointing to the real killer. Read More Read Less

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Variety Staff Variety One of those moderately-budgeted programmers that appear at long intervals to rise far above the level intended. Nov 1, 2007 Full Review Theodore Strauss New York Times A first-rate job all round. Rated: 4/5 Aug 8, 2006 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out Fred Zinnemann's feature debut, a neat, unpretentious and really rather enjoyable whodunit about the hunt for the killer of the town's crusading mayor. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia Despite having a solid role from Van Heflin, its plot about corruption and murder never escapes the common grounds of B-movie film noir. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 6/10 Jul 7, 2021 Full Review TV Guide A terrific debut film for both Van Heflin and for Fred Zinnemann in the director's chair. Rated: 3/4 Nov 1, 2007 Full Review Film4 Staff Film4 The taut plot is well served by the style of documentary fiction Zinnemann applied to a few of his earlier films. May 24, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The feature film debut of director Fred Zinnemann, the man who'd later go on to direct such classics as "High Noon" and "From Here to Eternity," kicks things off with a solid little police thriller. Van Heflin, an actor who I'm always baffled at how he became a leading man, plays a police chemist uncovering the mayor's murderer. This is strictly B-Movie material, but it's well done and even if you don't see the brilliance you'd see in later Zinnemann films, you do see that he's a solid filmmaker. Certainly worth checking out. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review s r A well made forensics mystery/drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dave j Friday, October 8, 2010 (1942) Kid Glove Killer CRIME/ DRAMA/ MYSTERY One of few black and white crime films that showcases forensics to solve murders! Fascinating formuliac film about what forensic scientists used to do back on those days for not much has changed! This film also deals with tampering etc...Anybody who love CSI shows should be able to like this film as well! 3.5 out of 4 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Fred Zimmerman's excellent direction guides this film along at a fast and interesting pace. Good performance by van Hefllin. A very solid and compelling thriller. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member good stuff from Zinnemann Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Fred Zimmerman's excellent direction guides this film along at a fast and interesting pace. Good performance by van Hefllin. A very solid and compelling thriller. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Ambitious attorney Jerry Ladimer (Lee Bowman), working for mob boss Matty (John Litel), gets a new mayor (Samuel S. Hinds) elected to help further his own political plans. When the mayor vows to destroy the city's organized crime network, Jerry has him murdered and frames a local business owner (Eddie Quillan) for the crime. But the city's new crime laboratory, run by Gordon McKay (Van Heflin) and his feisty assistant, Jane Mitchell (Marsha Hunt), can find evidence pointing to the real killer.
Director
Fred Zinnemann
Producer
Jack Chertok
Screenwriter
Allen Rivkin, John C. Higgins
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 28, 2015
Runtime
1h 14m