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Posted by on Mar 19, 2010 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #109

Kick-Back Friday: #109

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Born to Kill (1947): There’s something about a strapping, murderous sociopath that’s simply irresistible. Must be the “strapping” part.

In this Robert Wise joint, San Francisco socialite Helen Brent (played by Claire Trevor, the undisputed Queen of Noir) appreciates more than physical attributes in the low-rent Sam Wild* (played by big, bad Lawrence Tierney). This homme fatale, who is to become (gasp!) Helen’s brother-in-law, has got one helluva thrilling, rudderless soul.

Other than smoke like a chimney, what’s a horny, morally conflicted gal to do?

Featuring exceptional supporting performances by Walter Slezak (an unctuous PI), Elisha Cook, Jr (Sam’s officious sidekick), and Esther Howard (a beer-loving landlady). The DVD offers expert commentary from the ever-amusing and informative Eddie Muller and a few audio clips from the director himself.

N.B. While Ben Affleck may have a passing resemblance to Lawrence Tierney, at least as far as the movie poster is concerned, there is a world of difference between the two when it comes to screen presence.

* Wild. Get it? Get it?

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.