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22 Ratings

Shield for Murder

United States, 1954
Crime, Drama, Film noir


When a brutal police detective Lt. murders a bookmaker’s runner for $25,000 in cash, a deaf mute sees him do it, and now he finds he must kill again to try and cover his tracks.

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Shield for Murder Directed by Howard W. Koch, Edmond O'Brien

Critics reviews

[In Shield of Murder,] Cops present a very real and tangible threat to all of us. We common folk are ignorant, worthless scum in their eyes, and they’d shoot us all down like dogs in the street if they could. They really are just a vicious street gang, complete with their own colors. This is perfectly expressed in visual terms at the film’s climax…
March 12, 2015
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