The Killers (1946 film)

The Killers (1946 Film)

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The Killers is a 1946 American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak. It is based in part on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film features Burt Lancaster in his screen debut, as well as Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, and Sam Levene. An uncredited John Huston and Robert Brooks co-wrote the screenplay, which was credited to Anthony Veiller.

In 2008, The Killers was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


Two hit men, Max and Al (William Conrad and Charles McGraw), come to a small town to kill gas station attendant Ole AndresonCorrect spelling. See original Hemingway story The Killers in The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Scribner, ISBN 0-684-84332-3 (Burt Lancaster), aka "the Swede". The Swede's coworker warns him, but strangely, he makes no attempt to flee, and they kill him.

Life insurance investigator Jim Reardon (Edmond O'Brien) is assigned to find and pay the beneficiary of his policy. Tracking down and interviewing the dead man's friends and associates, Reardon doggedly pieces together his story. Police Lieutenant Sam Lubinsky (Sam Levene), a close, longtime friend of the Swede, is particularly helpful.

Through flashbacks, it is revealed that the Swede was a professional boxer whose career was cut short by an injury to his right hand....
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