Three Came to Kill

Three Came to Kill is a 1960 American neo noir crime thriller film directed by Edward L. Cahn and starring Cameron Mitchell and John Lupton. The plot concerns an assassination attempt on a foreign prime minister.[1][2][3][4]

Three Came to Kill
Original theatrical poster
Directed byEdward L. Cahn
Produced byEdward Small (uncredited)
Robert E. Kent
Written byJames B. Gordon
Based onstory by Orville H. Hampton
StarringCameron Mitchell
John Lupton
Music byRobert Carlisle
Paul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byJames Blakeley
Grant Whytock
Premium Pictures
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • March 1960 (1960-03) (United States)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States


Marty Brill's (Cameron Mitchell) Los Angeles gang plot to assassinate visiting Asian Prime Minister Gourem-Nara (Frank Lackteen). They break into the home of airport flight controller Hal Parker (John Lupton) and hold his family hostage. Brill threatens to kill Parker's wife June (Lyn Thomas), unless he broadcasts a coded message to identify which plane taking off from the airport is the premier's. They then plot to shoot the plane down. Meanwhile, special agents Ben Scanlon (Paul Langton) and Ray Maguire (Logan Field) close in on the gang.



TV Guide called it a "choppily edited thriller redolent of so many others";[5] while DVD Talk called it "a tautly-told, intriguing little story perfectly suited to its limited budget. Though a bit flamboyant, Cameron Mitchell is excellent in the leading role, and like other Kent/Hampton/Cahn collaborations the climax is violent and action-packed."[6]

See also


  1. "Three Came to Kill (1960) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies.
  2. PASSING PICTURE SCENE: On the Well-Filled Pennebaker List -- The Big Money -- Other Matters By A. H. WEILER. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 31 May 1959: X5.
  3. FILMLAND EVENTS: Tobias Joins Cast of 'With Feeling' Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 Apr 1959: A8.
  4. "Three Came to Kill". BFI.
  5. "Three Came To Kill".
  6. "Three Came To Kill". DVD Talk.

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