Born to Kill

Born to Kill

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Born to Kill

Somehow the titles of the films of hardcase actor Lawrence Tierney seemed to be extensions of the man's personality, as witness such films as The Devil Thumbs a Ride and Born to Kill. In the latter picture, Tierney starts the ball rolling by committing a double murder in a jealous pique. Claire Trevor discovers the bodies, but says nothing to the police; she's leaving town and doesn't want to be impeded. Trevor and Tierney meet and fall in love on the train to San Francisco. Unfortunately, Trevor is married, so Tierney shifts his affections to her sister, Audrey Long (later the wife of director Billy Wilder). He marries Long, though he keeps up his illicit affair with Trevor. When detectives investigating the murders come snooping, they are bought off by Tierney's pal Elisha Cook Jr.--who is then murdered by Tierney, who suspects that Cook is carrying on with Trevor (Cook seldom survived to the end of any of his films). When Tierney finally does face arrest, it's at the instigation of the jealous Trevor, who is shot full of holes for her trouble. Born to Kill was based on James Gunn's novel Deadlier Than the Male.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2017
UPC: 0888574487607
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 8,889

Special Features

Commentary by Eddie Muller, author of The Art of Noir and Dark City: The Lost World Film Noir with Audio Excerpts of Director Robert Wise

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lawrence Tierney Sam Wild
Claire Trevor Helen Trent
Walter Slezak Arnold Amett
Phillip Terry Fred Grover
Audrey Long Georgia Staples
Elisha Cook Marty Waterman
Isabel Jewell Laury Palmer
Esther Howard Mrs. Kraft
Kathryn Card Grace
Tony Barrett Danny
Grandon Rhodes Inspector Wilson
Sam Lufkin Crap Dealer
Sayre Dearing Crap Dealer
Sammy Shack Crap Dealer
Ruth Brennan Sally
Tommy Noonan Bellboy
Al Murphy Cab Driver
Philip Warren Chauffeur
Ben Frommer Delivery Boy
Netta Packer Mrs Perth
Lee Frederick Desk Clerk
Demetrius Alexis Maitre d'Hotel
Martha Hyer Maid
Beatrice Maude Cook
Ellen Corby 2nd Maid
Jean Fenwick Margaret Macy
Napoleon Whiting Porter
Perc Launders Detective Bryson
Jason Robards Conductor

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Eve Greene Screenwriter
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Richard Macaulay Screenwriter
Les Millbrook Editor
Sid Rogell Executive Producer
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Herman Schlom Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
John Sturtevant Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Born to Kill
1. Credits [1:08]
2. Divorce Day [3:21]
3. Roll Of The Dice [2:36]
4. Killer In Waiting [5:02]
5. What I Want I Take [2:34]
6. Fellow Travelers [4:07]
7. Retaining Arnett [3:07]
8. Fourth For Dinner [3:22]
9. Shall We Dance? [4:03]
10. Decided On Marriage [2:32]
11. Upset [4:46]
12. Her Sister's Keeper [3:24]
13. No Longer Upset [2:58]
14. Newlyweds At Odds [4:18]
15. Soulmates [4:07]
16. I Don't Get Her [3:02]
17. Most Attractive Man [3:19]
18. Mrs. Kraft's Visitors [6:02]
19. The Way He Wants [3:21]
20. Murder In The Dunes [3:12]
21. Figuring Things Out [3:37]
22. Want To Live Or Die? [3:07]
23. Not Rotten Clear Through [5:46]
24. Telling Georgia The Truth [4:30]
25. Way Of The Transgressor [3:59]
26. Cast List [:27]

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