The Killers is a 1946 American film noir starring Burt Lancaster (in his film debut), Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, and Sam Levene.Based in part on the 1927 short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, it focuses on an insurance detective's investigation into the execution by two professional killers of a former boxer who was unresistant to his own murder.
The three stars, Robinson, Young and Welles, turn in some of their best work, the actress being particularly effective as the misled bride." Life magazine featured The Stranger as Movie of the Week in its issue dated June 3, 1946. The film was screened in competition at the 1947 Venice Film Festival.
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