The Killers 1946 Burt Lancaster Crime Drama


Two professional killers invade a small town and kill a gas station attendant, the Swede, who’s expecting them. Insurance investigator Reardon pursues…


Killers 1946 Burt Lancaster Crime Drama

Stars: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien

Killers Story Line. Two professional killers invade a small town and kill a gas station attendant, “the Swede,” who’s expecting them. Insurance investigator Reardon pursues the case against the orders of his boss, who considers it trivial. Weaving together threads of the Swede’s life, Reardon uncovers a complex tale of treachery and crime, all linked with gorgeous, mysterious Kitty Collins.

In his first star turn, Burt Lancaster was excellent as the naive hood and Edmond O’Brien is likewise in his portrayal of the insurance investigator. He is almost always in a supporting role but that in no way diminishes his talent. But this movie is really Ava Gardner’s. She never again had a role that fully realized her talents as much as Kitty Collins. Her portrayal of the manipulative and seductive but not altogether unsympathetic mistress is one the greatest of its kind.

Burt Lancaster, in his first staring role, comes off very well here, as does Ava Gardner, also top billed for the first time. Strong supporting performances by the great Albert Dekker as the top hood and Sam Levine as a cop with a heart of gold. And we cannot forget Charles McGraw and William Conrad as two of the most frightening cold blooded killers in film history.

Watch  for the brilliant shoot ’em up scene in a restaurant at the end of the movie when the two gunmen reappear. It is a textbook blend of all that movies are supposed to be about! Great acting, camera movement that means something, and brilliantly layered music by Miklos Rozsa. Film-making doesn’t get any better than this. A four star film and one of the godfathers of the genre. Don’t miss this one.

Product Information

  • Director: Robert Siodmak
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Production Co.: Mark Hellinger Productions
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • Sound: Mono
  • Color: Black and White
  • Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC

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This movie is reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R disc. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image. The DVD comes in a standard 1-disk DVD case.

You may also enjoy Brute Force, another Burt Lancaster crime-drama.

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Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in




Sub Genres

Drama, Film-Noir

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