I’ve never read any of Graham Greene’s “entertainments,” as opposed to his serious novels, but the 1942 This Gun for Hire smacks of a good adaptation.
Alan Ladd is in it, and he ain’t no Shane: he’s an icy killer (suitably acted), while Veronica Lake rightly holds down the iciness she displayed in Sullivan’s Travels. This is her vehicle; with groundedness and class she enacts a singing magician (!) recruited for a righteous cause. I liked her chemistry with Robert Preston. . . Director Frank Tuttle is uneasy with action scenes, but not, apparently, with actors. All the same, the movie is entertaining.