The first of three Pine-Thomas productions for Chester Morris finds him as wise-cracking private detective Humphrey Campbell who impresses his boss, Oscar Flack, no end by not only finding ... See full summary »
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I Live On Danger casts Chester Morris as a radio news reporter who has a rivalry going with fellow reporter Dick Purcell as the two constantly try and top each other with stories. This Pine-Thomas film from Paramount's B picture unit depends considerably on Morris's breezy personality to carry it and it's too great a burden.
Morris's determination for a scoop has him aiding in the capture of fugitive Edward Norris wanted in the murder of a racketeer for whom he took a serious gambling rap and did three years.
Another gambler Douglas Fowley sets Norris up and kills bookie Edwin Maxwell with shots fired through an open window. I mean really if Norris had kept a cool head and stayed and reported the murder they would have seen he had no gun and would have looked in other directions for a solution. Even at that in a montage of clips about the trial he keeps insisting he had no gun. I think a law school freshman could have gotten him off.
Morris gets the scoop but earns the enmity of Norris's sister Jean Parker and even his own mother Elizabeth Risdon. After that he works to free Norris.
Not much suspense here, my three year old grandnephew could figure this one out.
Pine-Thomas came up real short here.
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