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Dangerously They Live (1941)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | Thriller  -  24 December 1941 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Michael 'Mike' Lewis
Nancy Coleman ...
Jane Graystone
Dr. Ingersoll
Lee Patrick ...
Head Nurse Johnson
Moroni Olsen ...
Mr. John Goodwin
Esther Dale ...
Dawson, Goodwin's Housekeeper
John Ridgely ...
John, Nazi Henchman
Christian Rub ...
Mr. Steiner
Jarvis, Goodwin's Butler
Ben Welden ...
Eddie, Nazi Henchman
Cliff Clark ...
Sheriff John Dill
Roland Drew ...
Dr. Murdock
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Gate Keeper
John Harmon ...
George, Taxi Driver
Matthew Boulton ...
Captain Hunter (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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SUSPENSE That Makes Every Whisper On The Screen Echo Like Thunder! See more »


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Release Date:

24 December 1941 (USA)  »

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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 »


Gavin Muir is credited onscreen as "Capt. Strong", but he is called "Hunter" and "Captain Hunter". 'Matthew Boulton' is credited onscreen as "Capt. Hunter" but was not in the print. See more »


Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Maceo Pinkard
Played on the radio while Lewis is held hostage at Steiner's Delicatessen
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Amnesia: A certain cure
27 November 2000 | by (flint mi) – See all my reviews

A somewhat awkward spy mystery with a predictable plot about World War Two dangers. The mystery is whether or not Jane Graystone (Nancy Coleman) has amnesia. The best acting is done by Raymond Massey as Dr. Ingersoll, a good doctor turned evil. He is head of a spy ring attempting to get information from amnesiac Jane, coded information related to allied activities. Will she tell? Can she remember? Moroni Olson (as Mr. Goodwin) is convincing as an accomplice to Massey. The role played by John Garfield (as Dr. Lewis) is nothing short of disastrous. He seems so badly miscast that the casting has to be ranked as one of the worst in film history. It is unfortunate that so talented an actor is stuffed into a role which not befitting his talents. The movie is worth one look, despite being a half spy and half gangster film, and despite containing a parade of stereotyped characters. It's easy to forget this one, amnesia is not necessary.

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