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Dangerously They Live (1941)

Dr. Michael Lewis treats Jane, a mysterious woman claiming to be a British secret agent on the run from German spies. Ultimately convinced, Michael helps Jane escape and with her attempts ... See full summary »

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Dr. Ingersoll
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Nurse Johnson
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Mr. Goodwin
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Dawson
John Ridgely ...
John
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Steiner
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Jarvis
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Eddie
Cliff Clark ...
John Dill
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Dr. Murdock
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Gate Keeper
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George, Taxi Driver
Matthew Boulton ...
Capt. Hunter (scenes deleted)
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Dr. Michael Lewis treats Jane, a mysterious woman claiming to be a British secret agent on the run from German spies. Ultimately convinced, Michael helps Jane escape and with her attempts to convince the authorities of a secret German U-boat fleet waiting off the American coast. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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YUM! YUM! They blow the U-boat fleet out of the water! Is that a pleasure to watch! (original poster) See more »

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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24 December 1941 (USA)  »

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Alarme no Atlântico  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Several performers in studio records and casting call lists were not seen in the movie. These were, with their character names, Glen Cavender (Tobacconist), Adolph Milar (Storekeeper) and Spec O'Donnell (Usher). 'Matthew Boulton' is credited onscreen as "Capt. Hunter", but he was also not seen. See more »

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Whilst the bombers are attacking the German submarines, they change from single engine and twin engine aircraft. Not only is this a continuity error, but single engine warplanes did not at the time have the range to attack German submarines in the Atlantic Ocean. See more »

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Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Played on the radio while Lewis is held hostage at Steiner's Delicatessen
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Potentially Powerful Period Piece
21 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a very clumsy start things do gradually become suspenseful and intriguing. Although we do have the miscasting of John Garfield and a "deer in the headlights" performance from the main female actress, unconvincingly portraying a British spy. Fortunately, the propaganda is not as heavy as the movies to follow once America entered the War and the movie is better for it.

This film comes off slightly above its contemporaries because of this restraint, but seems, justifiably, rushed and not very complex. It is this lack of sophistication (all the U-Boats just float ON THE SURFACE waiting to be bombed) and some unbelievable plot turns that diminish this to a watchable period piece and kept it from becoming a more engaging and effective effort.

A potentially powerful work that the studio did not seem to embrace except as a programmer to program the audience toward and inevitable inclusion in the struggle against fascism that is marching menacingly through Europe and will soon enter our airspace the same year.


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