Steve Ventura is the brooding US narcotics agent who is unhappy that he’s just been promoted to a desk job as head of the Paris office and not out on the field. When agent Frank Matthews, Steve’s friend, is killed by connected Marseille drug lord Jacques Brizard and the French police under Inspector Briac refuse to arrest him and Brizard’s henchmen attempt to kill him, Steve hires a professional hit man to get Brizard by secretly using money from his agency. It turns out the contract killer is Steve’s war buddy, John Deray, who makes for an unconvincing hit man by jokingly playing the role as a smug ladies man and as a supposedly cool lascivious winker. John takes $50,000 for the contract and infiltrates Brizard’s gang, but before he can execute him things take a bad turn. —Ozu’s World Movie Reviews
Robert R. Parrish (born 4 January 1916, Columbus, Georgia – 4 December 1995, Southampton, New York) was an American actor, film editor, film director, and writer. He received an Academy Award for Film Editing for the 1947 film, Body and Soul.
Parrish was the son of factory cashier Gordon R. Parrish and Laura R. Parrish. In the mid-1920s, the family moved from Georgia to Los Angeles and Parrish and his sisters Beverly and Helen began obtaining work as actors soon thereafter. Parrish made his film debut in the 1927 Our Gang short Olympic Games. (Their mother, Laura R. Parrish, was an actress as well and appeared in a few films of the 1940s.) He appeared in the anti-war classic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and Charles Chaplin’s City Lights (1931), and in several films for John Ford.
Ford then enlisted him as an assistant editor in 1936 on Mary of Scotland, and as a sound editor on Young Mr Lincoln (1939). Parrish worked as an assistant editor and sound editor on… read more