Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Shield for Murder (1954).

Based on the novel by William McGivern, Shield for Murder features Edmond O'Brien (who also co-directs) as a cop seeking to cover up his shooting of a bookie and theft of $25,000, but a deaf-mute has witnessed his crime. The 3 Dec. 1954 Motion Picture Daily reported that the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Censors banned the film because it "appears to be a burlesque on the city police department" (4).

1 comment:

Todd Mason said...

A fine novella (in BLUE BOOK), and I still need to read the full novel version. McGivern remains my favorite underrated crime-fiction writer. No little screen work, adaptations and scripting.