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VAL GUEST'S 'THE WEAPON' W/ STEVE COCHRAN & LIZABETH SCOTT

Title: THE WEAPON Year: 1957 Rating: ****

A British Post War movie ten years past, hence the real-life antique ruins where THE WEAPON is buried from the previous decade's unsolved murder, and local little boy Jon Whiteley finds it, accidentally shoots a bully, and runs like hell...

Morphing Val Guest's thriller from war to noir as Whiteley's Erik hits the dark shadowy streets while worried American widow/mom Lizabeth Scott, in her penultimate still-young big screen role, hitting the right emotional marks, is charmed by shady Brit George Cole while putting up with ultra-serious military investigator Steve Cochran...

And Cole, as the sole heavy, has the most fun here, getting to both sneakily and violently interact with side-characters, including scene-stealing French starlet Nicole Maurey as a tough yet wispy showgirl just past her prime. Meanwhile, in a thankless leading role, Noir veteran Cochran (slowly warming up to Noir veteran Scott) plays THE WEAPON like a throwback gumshoe more than an MP, and for the sparse 80-minute run time, director Val Guest throws everything into the potboiler plot including sudden deaths, chases, rooftop fights and race-against-time suspense.  

Lizabeth Scott in THE WEAPON with Steve Cochran
Jon Whiteley in Val Guest's THE WEAPON
Lizabeth Scott in THE WEAPON with Steve Cochran and George Cole
George Cole in THE WEAPON with Steve Cochran
Jon Whiteley in Val Guest's THE WEAPON
 Sally Anne Field in Val Guest's THE WEAPON
Nicole Maurey in THE WEAPON with Steve Cochran
THE WEAPON with Steve Cochran
George Cole in THE WEAPON with Steve Cochran
George Cole in THE WEAPON with Steve Cochran
Herbert Marshall in THE WEAPON with Steve Cochran
Nicole Maurey and George Cole in THE WEAPON
Nicole Maurey and George Cole in THE WEAPON
Nicole Maurey in THE WEAPON
Steve Cochran in THE WEAPON

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