Shield for Murder is a 1954 film noir crime film co-directed by and starring Edmond O'Brien as a crooked police detective. It was based on the novel of the same name by William P. McGivern.
Corrupt cop Barney Nolan (Edmond O'Brien) is hard up for cash, so he shoots a bookie, relieves him of $25,000 and makes it look like an accident. Unbeknownst to Nolan, however, the entire episode is witnessed by a deaf-mute from across the street. While Nolan struggles to keep the crime a secret from his girlfriend, Patty Winters (Marla English), a series of loose ends pop up, and Nolan soon learns that, although committing a crime is easy, getting away with it is murder.
Edmond O'Brien as Lieutenant Barney Nolan
Marla English as Patty Winters
John Agar as Sergeant Mark Brewster
Emile Meyer as Captain Gunnarson
Carolyn Jones as Girl at Bar (Beth)
Claude Akins as Fat Michaels
Lawrence Ryle as Laddie O'Neil (as Larry Ryle)
Herbert Butterfield as Cabot (reporter)
Hugh Sanders as Packy Reed
William Schallert as Assistant District Attorney Andy Tucker
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