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A Dangerous Profession (1949)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  10 December 1949 (USA)
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LA ex-cop Vince Kane is a bail-bondsman who bails out the suspect of a securities bonds robbery but his client disappears, prompting Vince to investigate.


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Complete credited cast:
Police Lt. Nick Ferrone / Narrator (as James Backus)
Roland Winters ...
Jerry McKay
Betty Underwood ...
Elaine Storm
Robert Gist ...
Roy Collins, aka Max Gibney
David Wolfe ...
Matthew Dawson


Ex-policeman Vince Kane is a partner with Joe Farley as bail bond brokers, but retains his ties and friendship with the police and Detective Nick Ferrone. Ferrone picks up Claude Brackette, a brokerage clerk, as a suspect in the securities robbery in which a policeman was killed, and Kane goes with him when the detective searches Brackett's apartment, and Kane finds that Brackett's wife, Lucy, is his former sweetheart. She insists her husband is innocent and pleads with Kane to get him out on bail but she has only $4,000 of the $25,000 needed. A mysterious emissary puts up $12,000 and Kanes, over Farley's protest, makes up the rest from the company's money. Brackett is murdered after his release. For Lucy, Kane investigates and finds that Brackett had dealings with night club owner Jerry McKay and a hoodlum named Roy Collins. Suspecting McKay was in back of the robbery, Kane begins a campaign in which he himself behaves like a crook, and demands a heavy bride from McKay for his ... Written by Les Adams <>

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He's got to be tougher, trickier than they are. He walks a tight wire between the law and crime. One slip can find him in the ditch ... with a slug in his chest! See more »


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10 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bail Bonds Story  »

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1.37 : 1
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Mildly Diverting
15 April 2003 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

A Dangerous Profession is a mildly diverting crime picture featuring a fine cast headed by veterans George Raft and Pat O'Brien, both of whom had seen better days by the time they appeared in this picture. Nor is the direction of the usually reliable Ted Tetzlaff up to his usual standard. This is the kind of small scale but not quite grade B movie that television was about to make obsolete, and as such an interesting historical footnote of a bygone era for those who care for such things.

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