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On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1951 (UK)
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Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case.

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Mary Malden
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Walter Brent
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Pop Daly
Anthony Ross ...
Pete Santos
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Capt. Brawley
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Sheriff Carrey
Sumner Williams ...
Danny Malden
Gus Schilling ...
Lucky
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Willows
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Myrna Bowers
Olive Carey ...
Mrs. Brent
Richard Irving ...
Bernie Tucker
Patricia Prest ...
Julie Brent (as Pat Prest)
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Hard, withdrawn city cop Jim Wilson roughs up one too many suspects and is sent upstate to help investigate the murder of a young girl in the winter countryside. There he meets Mary Malden, whom he finds attractive and independent. However, Mary's brother is chief suspect in the killing. And Mary herself is blind. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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In One Strange Night she met both LOVE ... and MURDER!


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Lee J. Cobb, Albert Dekker and Howard Da Silva were all considered for the role eventually played by Ward Bond. See more »

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After Ward Bond knocks the lamp over, starting a fire, Ida Lupino brings a lantern from the kitchen and places it on the end table where the lamp had been. A few minutes later however, when she brings the tea tray, the table is on its side and Robert Ryan hurries to right it before she trips on it. See more »

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Jim Wilson: Why do you make me do it? You know you're gonna talk! I'm gonna make you talk! I always make you punks talk! Why do you do it? Why?
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Featured in The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides (2005) See more »

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Music by Roy Webb and Gene Rose
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Is it a thriller? Is it a character study? Romance? One of the most interesting movies of the 1950s with another superb performance from Robert Ryan.
20 August 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'On Dangerous Ground' is a very original and striking movie, one of the most interesting to come out of 1950s Hollywood. The movie is in two halves. The first is urban and sees Robert Ryan play Jim Wilson a brutal but seemingly moral cop who appears to be on the brink of a complete breakdown. His character could well be the toughest cop ever seen on screen until the early 1970s heyday of Dirty Harry and Popeye Doyle,etc. The second half is rural, with Wilson being sent out of the city to investigate the murder of a young girl (shades almost of Stellan Skarsgard in 1997's 'Insomnia'). There he encounters a local blind woman (Ida Lupino), the sister of his number one suspect. The first half is as I said, extremely tough, the second half is ALMOST a mystery (yet it's obvious who the murderer is), and ALMOST a romance (but handled in a very subtle and "unHollywood" way). It's an odd combination but really works because the script lacks cliches, Nicholas "Rebel Without A Cause" Ray's direction is very fresh and inventive, and the acting is first rate. Lupino makes the most of her supporting role, as does Ward Bond ('The Searchers') as the father of the murdered girl, and Sumner Williams as Lupino's disturbed younger brother, but Robert Ryan steals the movie. I'm beginning to regard Ryan as one of the most underrated screen actors of all time. Just watch him in this, the boxing classic 'The Set-Up', 'Crossfire', 'Bad Day At Black Rock', and of course, 'The Wild Bunch' and see what I mean. 'On Dangerous Ground' deserves a much larger audience. Highly recommended.


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