Murder by Contract
February 20, 2019
A ruthless and efficient contract killer has a crisis of conscience when he learns his next target is a woman.
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Cold, ruthless Claude (Vince Edwards) has no prospects in his young life-so he decides to stake his place in the world as a hired killer-but when he's sent to sunny California to kill a gangland witness, his sudden discovery of "ethics" could prove fatal. A personal favorite of director Martin Scorsese, who's admitted this film's stylistic influence on Taxi Driver-particularly the Travis-in-training sequences.
- Director: Irving Lerner
- Principal Cast: Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi, Caprice Toriel, Michael Granger, Kathie Brown
- Country: USA
- Year: 1958
- Running Time: 81 minutes
- Producer: Leon Chooluck
- Screenplay: Ben Simcoe
- Cinematographers: Lucien Ballard
- Language: English
- Format: 35mm