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On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 1952 (UK)
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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(screen play) (as A. I. Bezzerides), (based on an adaptation of the novel) | 2 more credits »
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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
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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Hard, withdrawn city cop Jim Wilson roughs up one too many suspects and is sent upstate to help investigate the murder of a young girl in the winter countryside.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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Drama | Film-Noir

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Dark Highway  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A hand-held camera was used in many scenes to give a "live action" feel to those sequences. This was extremely rare in feature films of the time. See more »

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When Jim Wilson delivers Tucker to the police station and then walks away, shadows of people are cast on him (among them, someone wearing a hat), although in the next shot the street is totally empty. See more »

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Woman in bar: Hello Junior.
[with much leering]
Woman in bar: How's about buying me a drink?
[With continued leering, and now, tongue lolling]
Woman in bar: I'm all dry.
Jim Wilson: [Sternly] How old are you?
Woman in bar: [Continuing to leer] Old enough.
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Danceland Jive
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Music by Roy Webb and Gene Rose
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A Film Noir With A Heart
3 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this better than I thought I would. I read a number of reviews (here, but mostly elsewhere) before seeing it, so I knew the two main things to expect: a hard- hitting film noir in the first half and a melodramatic romance in the second. What I found was an interesting, fairly intense movie for all but the last 10 minutes (but I liked that part, too.) That second half was still a crime story a lot more than any romance as two guys tracked down a killer.

To digress, the first part was in the big city and it portrayed Ryan as a too-gung- ho cop who's fast getting burned out on the job. He's sick of all the punks in the world and just wants to beat the crap out of everyone. When he is one punch away from being suspended and losing his job on a police brutality charge, the boss sends him up north to snow country to find a murderer on the loose in the great outdoors.

That second half isn't some slow melodrama, as it's so often described. It's mostly more adventure as Ryan and Ward Bond track down the killer. Bond, whose daughter was the victim in this crime, is hell-bent for revenge. He makes Ryan like a calm-and-collected guy. Along the way, they meet "Mary Malden" (Ida Lupino), who is the sister of the kid on the run. She's also blind. Ryan befriends her and she pleads with him to promise to bring her brother in unharmed. Her trust in him helps bring about his personality change. You can see he's starting to soften up, become a little more caring toward his fellow man.

The ending of this film is not hokey - either in what happens in the manhunt or what happens to Ryan afterward. It's just a nice job of screen writing. I think this is a fine story, perhaps even underrated. I also think it is one of Ryan's finest acting jobs because he shows callous brutal toughness, loneliness and compassion all in the same film and he shows it convincingly.


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