Murder by Contract

USA | 1958 | 81 minutes | Irving Lerner

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