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Apology for Murder

Apology for Murder
Movie: Apology for Murder(1947)[tt0037518] Reporter Kenny Blake (Hugh Beaumont) falls in love with scheming Toni Kirkland ('Ann Savage') not knowing that she is married to Harvey Kirkland (Russell Hicks), a man years older than she. By the time he finds out, he is so under her spell that he murders her husband which is what Toni had planned all along. City editor Ward McKee (Charles D. Brown, Kenny's boss and best friend, begins to pursue the tangled threads of the crime relentlessly and gradually closes the net on Kenny. The latter is mortally wounded by Toni, who has deserted him for another man. Written byLes Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>
Title Apology for Murder
Release Date 31 March 1947 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Production Companies Sigmund Neufeld Productions
Ann Savage
Ann Savage...
Toni Kirkland...
Hugh Beaumont
Hugh Beaumont...
Kenny Blake...
Russell Hicks
Russell Hicks...
Harvey Kirkland...
Pierre Watkin
Pierre Watkin...
Craig Jordan...
Sarah Padden
Sarah Padden...
Maggie - the Janitress...
Norman Willis
Norman Willis...
Allen Webb...
Eva Novak
Eva Novak...
Kirkland's Maid...
Budd Buster
Budd Buster...
Jed - the Caretaker...
Henry Hall
Henry Hall...
Prison Warden...

Reviews

MartinHafer on 11 November 2016
"Apology for Murder" is a very good film with one problem...the plot is a complete ripoff of "Double Indemnity". In far too many ways does this PRC film mirror the Paramount film from the previous year.The movie stars Hugh Beaumont as a murderer. Although he was such an incredibly nice ordinary guy as the father on "Leave it to Beaver", he often played scum-bags or hardboiled cops in films. In this film, he plays a reporter named Kenny who visits the elderly Harvey Kirkland to try to get a story. He meets a young lady named Toni (Ann Savage) and assumes it's Kirkland's daughter--but it's his young and conniving wife. She feigns interest in Kenny...all to try to get him to help murder her husband. But when he does the dirty deed, he learns she's already picked out another boyfriend and that someone else is being blamed for the husband's murder!This story has so much from the previous film...and it's obvious they were copying. But even with this, Beaumont is still excellent and the super-cheap film still exudes a nice, noirish atmosphere. Totally unoriginal...but still worth your time.

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