The Law of Contact

Shield for Murder (August 27, 1954)

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Marla English ad Edmond O'Brien
 

Released on August 27, 1954: A hard-boiled big-city cop turns killer, using his badge to explain his murders.

Produced by Aubrey Schenck

Directed by Howard W. Koch and Edmond O'Brien

The Actors: Edmond O'Brien (Police Detective Lieutenant Barney Nolan), Marla English (Patty Winters), John Agar (Police Detective Sergeant Mark Brewster), Emile Meyer (Police Captain Gunnarson), Carolyn Jones (Beth, blonde at the bar), Claude Akins (Fat Michaels), Lawrence Ryle (Laddie O'Neil), Herbert Butterfield (Cabot, reporter), Hugh Sanders (Packy Reed), William Schallert (Assistant District Attorney), John Beradino (gambler being booked), William Boyett (Policeman Cooper), Robert Bray (police detective), Richard H. Cutting (Manning), Richard Deacon (the professor), Mickey Golden (alley crowd membber), David Hughes (Ernst Sternmueller), Frank Marlowe (contact man with tickets), Gregg Martell (Packy's henchman), Tom McKee (Taylor's questioner), Grazia Narciso (Italian restaurant proprietress), Norman Ollestad (Jay Phelps), Jack Perry (William Taylor), John Phillips (Police Officer Barnes), Joe Ploski (man eating spaghetti), Stafford Repp (Police Detective O'Dell), Vito Scotti (bartender Joe)

 

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Killing for the Girl to Die For

Nineteen-year-old Marla English, playing the part of the cop’s girlfriend Patty, is ‘to-die-for’ beautiful, but is she pretty enough to kill for? Hard-boiled cop Barney Nolan, played by Edmond O’Brien, thinks that she is beautiful enough to kill for.

Barney wants to buy a new home for his girlfriend and marry her, but honest cops don’t make that much money. As our story begins Barney watches a small-time numbers runner collect twenty-five thousand dollars from a gambler and is on his way to deliver it to the big boss.

Barney grabs the small-time hood and steers him into a dark alley where he shoots him in the back and steals the twenty-five grand from him. He then pretends that the hood was trying to escape, forcing the cop to shoot him. Barney now has the cash he needs to buy a house for his girlfriend, and no one would ever suspect a cop of being a cold-blooded killer. Unfortunately, a man has been watching all of this from his apartment window high above the alley.

The same year that O’Brien made this movie he also acted in a movie that earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He excelled in supporting roles, seldom being cast as the leading man, possibly because he always looked much older than his actual age.

A year before this movie he was filming another movie, and the director noticed that he would remain in his trailer dressing room long after being called to the set. The director thought that he might be drinking a lot of booze before coming to the set. One afternoon the director sneaked over to peek into the actor’s trailer and discovered that O’Brien had hired a young fellow to read his lines to him so he could memorize them, because his eyesight was bad enough that he had trouble reading the script.

His dedication and passion for acting would keep him on screen long enough to not only make this movie, but also his Academy Award performance a few months later, and eventually appear in almost a hundred and twenty movies before retiring from the screen in 1974. Pop a big bowl of popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

David Hughes watches the murder
David Hughes watches the murder
The actress playing the part of 'Cookie'
The actress playing the part of 'Cookie'
Carolyn Jones and Edmond O'Brien
Carolyn Jones and Edmond O'Brien
Carolyn Jones and Edmond O'Brien
Carolyn Jones and Edmond O'Brien
Carolyn Jones and Edmond O'Brien
Carolyn Jones and Edmond O'Brien
Carolyn Jones
Carolyn Jones
Claude Akins
Claude Akins
David Hughes
David Hughes
David Hughes
David Hughes
Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien and Carolyn Jones
Edmond O'Brien and Carolyn Jones
Edmond O'Brien and Frank Marlowe
Edmond O'Brien and Frank Marlowe
Edmond O'Brien and John Agar
Edmond O'Brien and John Agar
Edmond O'Brien and Marla English
Edmond O'Brien and Marla English
Edmond O'Brien and Norman Ollestad
Edmond O'Brien and Norman Ollestad
Edmond O'Brien and John Agar
Edmond O'Brien and John Agar
Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
Emile Meyer
Emile Meyer
Emile Meyer
Emile Meyer
Graia Narciso and Vito Scotti
Graia Narciso and Vito Scotti
Grazia Narciso
Grazia Narciso
Herbert Butterfield
Herbert Butterfield
Herbert Butterfield and John Agar
Herbert Butterfield and John Agar
Herbert Butterfield
Herbert Butterfield
Hugh Sanders
Hugh Sanders
Hugh Sanders and Edmond O'Brien
Hugh Sanders and Edmond O'Brien
Hugh Sanders
Hugh Sanders
John Agar
John Agar
John Agar and Emile Meyer
John Agar and Emile Meyer
John Agar and Herbert Butterfield
John Agar and Herbert Butterfield
John Agar
John Agar
John Agar and Herbert Butterfield
John Agar and Herbert Butterfield
John Agar
John Agar
Lawrence Ryle, Claude Akins and John Agar
Lawrence Ryle, Claude Akins and John Agar
Lawrence Ryle and Claude Akins
Lawrence Ryle and Claude Akins
Marla English and John Agar
Marla English and John Agar
Marla English
Marla English
Marla English
Marla English
Marla English and John Agar
Marla English and John Agar
Marla English
Marla English
Marla English and Edmond O'Brien
Marla English and Edmond O'Brien
Richard Deacon
Richard Deacon
Richard H. Cutting
Richard H. Cutting
Vito Scotti
Vito Scotti