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Even murderers tremble,
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I have the French release (in English obviously) of this early 50s classic, worth buying for its title alone, 'Meme Les Assassins Tremblent.'
The film starts with a prison breakout by vicious and notorious cold blooded killer, Stephen McNally (brilliant in this) and his only prison friend Paul Kelly. Kelly's character is badly wounded in the breakout and this gradually becomes key to the plot.
The escapees meet up with mute fellow con 'Dummy' on the outside and whilst en route to a ghost town hideout pick up various hostages, including Jan Sterling and Alexis Smith.
Well known actor Dick Powell (Murder, My Sweet) directs and skilfully ratchets up the tension, the impending nearby Atom Bomb test certainly helps in this.
Unexpected plot twists and the growing frictions and changing allegiances amongst the trapped, increasingly desperate group of goodies, baddies (Alexis Smith is yellow to the core) and 'inbetweenies', plus the skilled ensemble cast keep things on the boil throughout.
Also starring Richard Egan and Arthur Hunnicutt it's a top notch thriller.