Sorry for the length but I was motivated to write this review after watching and super vcr taping this Universal film release shown for the first time on Turner Classic Movie Channel. The film elements TCM used in this showing were excellent and I hope this means that this film will eventually end up on dvd. Before I write my review of the film, I will first offer some background information about the film and the people who participated in "The Killers" production. The film "The Killers" was based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway that was expanded into a screenplay by screenwriter Anthony Veiller with some additional help from Hemingway and an uncredited John Huston. If you look at the production credits of this film there is little doubt to question the artistic greatness of this film. The producer Mark Hellinger was once a famous newspaper reporter before he became a screenwriter and producer. The director Robert Siodmak had a good Hollywood career after leaving Nazi Germany. He directed the following films which includes some very good film noirs. Phantom Lady The Suspect The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry The Spiral Staircase Cry of the City Criss Cross The Crimson Pirate Screenwriter Anthony Veiller was nominated for two AAs and was known as a very good screen writer. For trivia purposes, Veiller was the son of actress Margaret Wycherly who played a couple of famous mother roles to Gary Cooper and Jimmy Cagney in "Sergeant York" and "White Heat". The following is some of his screenwriting credits: Stage Door The Stranger State of the Union Moulin Rouge The List of Adrian Messenger The Night of the Iguana The musical score was done by the great Miklos Rozsa who was known as one of the greatest film composers of all-time. The film score of this film received a AAN for Best Score and it contains an original four-note piece of music that was repeated and made famous by the television series "Dragnet" which is "Dum-de-dum-dum". The four notes are played in the film whenever the title characters showed up in the film. Rozsa was AAN 16 times and won AA's for three films. The following are some of his best known: A Double Life The Lost Weekend Spellbound The Naked City The Asphalt Jungle Ben-Hur King of Kings Lust for Life El Cid The cast of "The Killers" is also very impressive. This film was the screen debut of Burt Lancaster and he received excellent acting support from Ava Gardner (Hubba, Hubba, a real babe), Edmond O'Brien, and such great character actors like Albert Dekker, Sam Levene, Jack Lambert, Jeff Corey and playing the title characters Charles McGraw and a much slimmer and younger William Conrad who later became "Cannon" of television fame. Now, that I've setup the production crew and cast, let's talk about this "1946" classic film noir. "The Killers" starts off with the arrival of two contract killers to a small town. They're there to carry out a contract killing of a man named Pete Lund better known as "The Swede". Peter Lund who's real name was Ole Anderson was a gasoline station attendant who's sorted past finally caught up with him.