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A Gun in His Hand (1945)

A man joins the police force to learn police procedures with the intention of getting away with crimes.


Joseph Losey


Richard H. Landau (original story by) (as Richard Landau), Charles F. Royal (screen play by) (as Charles Francis Royal)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


Complete credited cast:
Tom Trout Tom Trout ... Police Officer Dennis Nordell
Richard Gaines ... Police Inspector Dana
Anthony Caruso ... Frankie (as Tony Caruso)
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Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal - use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime. Camouflaged by his uniform and badge, he pulls off a number of seemingly foolproof crimes, but is eventually trapped by an overlooked bit of evidence too small to be seen. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Did You Know?


The weight of the green wax sample is stated to be "one-one thousandth of a milligram." A scale with this accuracy, if one even existed in 1945, would have cost well-beyond the means of a police station's budget. The statement likely should have been either "one-one thousandth of a gram" or "one milligram." See more »


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Dishonest Cop
25 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Tom Trout is a new graduate from the police academy. His future looks bright. He led the class in many of his subjects. He is also a crook. He had a clean record and figured that the best way to plan a crime is to learn how the police investigate one. Can he be on to something, or will he learn, as many a studio audience has, that CRIME DOES NOT PAY?

This short subject was nominated for an Oscar and it's easy to see why in retrospect. It very daringly concerns itself with police malfeasance. It's a common enough complaint these days, but in an era where the gang wars of Prohibition were not far away, the idea that the foot soldier in the fight against crime might be a problem was a shocker. Usually corruption, pay-offs from the hoods spread from the top in the popular mind.

The MGM back lot sure looks darker and more foreboding here than it does in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.

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Release Date:

15 September 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 46: A Gun in His Hand See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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