Assignment to Kill

Synopsis: A private eye is hired by an insurance company to investigate a shipping magnate suspected of deliberately sinking his own ships for the insurance money. He finds himself involved in a web of deception, double-crossing and murder.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Sheldon Reynolds
Production: Warner Bros.
102 min


Are you all right?

May I help you?

Mr. Eversley, please.

Do you have an appointment?


Who should I say is calling?

His 11:
00 appointment.

There's a gentlemen here who...

Yes, of course.

I'll show you to Mr. Eversley's office.

Thank you.

This way, please.

Thank you.

You're welcome.

May I take your hat and coat?

Thank you.


I'm Carlton Eversley.

How do you do?

This is the executive

vice president of our company,

Mr. Peter Bohlen.

Please sit down, Mr. Cutting.

I think it's fairly obvious.

That Mr. Bohlen disapproves.

Of your presence here.

I don't disapprove. I resent it.

I resent your calling him,

And I'm against any connection.

This man may have with our company.

I told you

I'd make it a condition

of his employment.

That he in no way infers

he's even retained by us.

Trust him?

Not completely.

All right, then. Why...

Because our men... your men.

Haven't turned up one

shred of evidence in a year.

Because there's nothing to turn up.

I don't believe it.

And I don't think you

really believe it either, Peter.

Have you ever heard of Curt Valayan?

I've heard the name.

He lives in Switzerland.

He deals in oil, tankers, munitions.

You name it.

ships were lost at sea.

Of which we are one,

Paid out a total of $15 million.

We all paid because we couldn't find.

A reason for not paying.

But none of us liked the situation.

The case was closed.

What's changed?

Just one thing.

We all felt that the

key... if there was a key...

Was a man by the name of Walter Green.

He worked for Valayan.

Last December, he was

flying up to see him,

And his plane was lost in a storm.

In the mountains. This morning,

Some skiers found the wreckage.

They'll start digging

it out tomorrow morning.

Now, when they find Green,

They may find other things...

Papers, records, I don't know.

You could be there tomorrow morning.

There's a plane for

Zurich at 9:
00 tonight.

I'll read this and let you know.

Our investigators don't carry guns.

Do you carry a gun?


May I see it?


Why not?

I wouldn't be carrying it.

You would.


If you do decide to take this job,

Look out for one man in that setup:

Matt Wilson.

Have any of your own investigators.

Had any unusual experience on this?

One man did,

But it had nothing to do with the case.

I see.

How'd he die?

It was an automobile accident.

Police said it was his own fault.

Why should he have

asked a question like that?

I never said he

wasn't a good investigator.

I just don't like the way he works.


How are they doing?

They found the pilot and the copilot,

But there is a passenger, too.

What are the chances of finding him?

If he is there, they find him.

Thank you.

Well, then keep looking.

Of course we'll keep looking,

But I don't believe we'll find him.


Because we've covered the area.

In which the body should be.

Have you seen the wreck, Mr. Wilson?


The way the plane crashed, a passenger,

If he was in the back of the plane,

Might have survived and walked away.

If he did, what village

could he have reached on foot?

There's Riehen and there's Marville.

Marville is farther,

But a man running

away from a plane crash.

In a storm wouldn't know that.

But then what happened to him?

What happened if he's alive?

Maybe he's got amnesia.

I'd like to examine the

wreckage if you don't mind.

Oh, of course. You'll see what I mean.

About the possibility

of a man surviving.

Good morning.

I wonder if you could help me.

I'll try. Sit down.

Thank you.

Were you on duty last December 5?

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