Short Cut to Hell

Short Cut to Hell is a 1957 American film noir, filmed in black-and-white VistaVision, starring Robert Ivers and Georgann Johnson.[1] The film is the only directorial effort by famous actor James Cagney.

Short Cut to Hell
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames Cagney
Produced byA. C. Lyles
Written byTed Berkman
Raphael Blau
Story byGraham Greene (novel A Gun for Sale)
StarringRobert Ivers
Georgann Johnson
Music byIrvin Talbot
CinematographyHaskell B. Boggs
Edited byTom McAdoo
A. C. Lyles Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
September 1957 (US)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

Short Cut to Hell is a remake of the 1941 Alan Ladd film This Gun for Hire, which in turn was based on the Graham Greene novel A Gun for Sale.


Professional hitman Kyle Niles (Ivers) is hired to commit two murders and afterwards double-crossed by his employer Bahrwell (Aubuchon). Seeking revenge, Kyle kidnaps singer Glory Hamilton (Johnson), the girlfriend of the police detective in charge of his pursuit (Bishop). Kyle is finally able to get even with Bahrwell, and in the process reveals his long-dormant "good" side.


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