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A Dangerous Profession (1949)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  10 December 1949 (USA)
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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,... See full summary »

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Bill Williams ...
Claude Brackett
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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
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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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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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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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A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
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1 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The cast is excellent, George Raft is very focused and on the mark, giving a good star performance. The basic idea of the film is good, involving the bail-bond business and all of its inherent potential for mischief, with cops, ex-cops, criminals, etc. But you just wonder if maybe Ted Tetzlaff the director might have been in over his head, or maybe lost interest in this production. The direction is generally poor, with the movement of actors being staged with seeming indifference at times.

Ella Raines is not showcased by the producers or director in a star manner and her acting is just not very good in this one. She seems a bit sluggish at times. Ms. Raines having done a brilliant job on a number of classic movies, you really wonder what is going on with her here. I know she lived a long life and graciously accepted some interviews; it would be interesting to know if she ever mentioned the causes of her flat efforts in this.

Its too bad because Raft shows up in all the scenes, sharp and ready to go. He just isn't given much to work with.

Unfortunately "A Dangerous Profession" is pretty much a time waster but is competent in every respect except for the lackluster direction, and the puzzling results by Ella Raines.


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