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On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1951 (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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Storyline

Hard, withdrawn city cop Jim Wilson roughs up one too many suspects and is sent upstate to help investigate the murder of a young girl in the winter countryside.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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mary Malden: [approvingly, to Jim] When you talk to me there's no pity in your voice.
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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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Worthy of Hitchcock's Finest.
7 June 2000 | by (Walnut Creek, CA) – See all my reviews

The musical score is worthy of Hitchcock's Finest thrillers and is part of what raises this "On Dangerous Ground" to the level of classic film noir. In fact, one might say that it stands on its own as one of the movie's characters - that, plus strong direction and stunning photography with unusual close-ups. For example, the opening shot shows a WOMAN picking up a shoulder holster with a gun in it. Is she some one's long-time gun moll? Is this movie about her?

"On Dangerous Ground" surprises you again and again with its many plot twists and excellent, though sometimes frightening characterizations. Mr. Ryan's character purposely lacks the charm exhibited by tough, film noir leading men like those portrayed by Dick Powell, Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum. And Detective Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) is just too brutal for the audience to admire.

Ida Lupino doesn't come onto the scene until about 37 minutes into the movie. Ms. Lupino takes what could easily be a one-dimensional supporting role, normally given to a second rate actress, and turns Mary Malden into an intelligent, sensitive and complex character.

Ward Bond, the always-competent supporting actor, is excellent as the avenging father. He is so blinded by his loss and rage that he repeatedly misses important clues that are right before his own eyes. Like Mary's blindness, or a critically important fact about the murderer.


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