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
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

10 December 1949 (USA)  »

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The Bail Bonds Story  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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RKO contract director Nicholas Ray had been considered for the picture and actress Jean Wallace had been considered for the lead female role that ultimately went to Ella Raines. See more »


When Kane searches a dresser in a hotel room, he finds a ring and puts it in his right jacket pocket. At McKays Bar he takes it out of his left pocket. See more »


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ex-cop bail bondsman involved in intricate plot with ex-flame
3 June 2010 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A career police detective turned bail bondsman (George Raft) meets his ex-flame (Ella Raines) (he knows it's her because of the scent of the perfume that's in her and her husband's hotel room which he and detective Jim Backus search) in a fairly intricate story about her husband (Bill Williams) whose arrested for suspicion of killing a cop and then bailed out by Raft, against the wishes of his partner (Pat O'Brien). Why he's bailed out and who actually comes up with sufficient money to get him out of jail make for interesting viewing. As well, Ella Raines hits some of her more sultry looking scenes in this movie, which may not be the best movie she's ever been in, but still percolates along more than acceptably, especially when the real killer emerges as the sharp little film heads out of LA and into a convenient canyon.

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