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A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 June 1952 (France) See more »
Tagline:
In One Strange Night she met both LOVE ... and MURDER!
Plot:
Hard, withdrawn city cop Jim Wilson roughs up one too many suspects and is sent upstate to help investigate... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ida Lupino ... Mary Malden

Robert Ryan ... Jim Wilson

Ward Bond ... Walter Brent
Charles Kemper ... Pop Daly
Anthony Ross ... Pete Santos

Ed Begley ... Capt. Brawley

Ian Wolfe ... Sheriff Carrey
Sumner Williams ... Danny Malden
Gus Schilling ... Lucky
Frank Ferguson ... Willows
Cleo Moore ... Myrna Bowers
Olive Carey ... Mrs. Brent
Richard Irving ... Bernie Tucker
Patricia Prest ... Julie Brent (as Pat Prest)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Alexander ... Town Resident (uncredited)
Frank Arnold ... Man (uncredited)
Vince Barnett ... George (uncredited)
Leslie Bennett ... Newsboy (uncredited)
A.I. Bezzerides ... Gatos (uncredited)
Ted Birdsill ... Town Resident (uncredited)
Vernon Birdsill ... Town Resident (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Man (uncredited)
John Breen ... Waiter (uncredited)
William Challee ... Thug (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ... Detective (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Sgt. Wendell (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Doc Hyman (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Bartender (uncredited)
Homer Dickenson ... Man (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Man (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... Stretcher-Bearer (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Man (uncredited)
Mary Dyger ... Possé Member (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Man (uncredited)
Dee Garner ... Boy (uncredited)
Ronnie Garner ... Boy (uncredited)
Tommy Gosser ... Boy (uncredited)
Billy Hammond ... Fred (uncredited)
Clint Hardenbrook ... Possé Member (uncredited)
Al Hodgson ... Man Walking on Snowy Hill (uncredited)
Francis Jenkins ... Town Resident (uncredited)
Jay Jenkins ... Boy (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Detective (uncredited)
Kate Drain Lawson ... Woman (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Helen (uncredited)
Eddie Linke ... Possé Member (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Man (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Bagganierri (uncredited)
Eugene Persson ... Boy (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Charlie (uncredited)
Tracey Roberts ... Peggy Santos (uncredited)
Vera Stokes ... Mother (uncredited)

Nita Talbot ... Woman in Bar (uncredited)

Joan Taylor ... Hazel (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Crook (uncredited)
Bill Thompson ... Man Walking on Snowy Hill (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Andy Vaughan ... Town Resident (uncredited)
Harry Joel Weiss ... Boy (uncredited)
Don Yager ... Town Resident (uncredited)
Esther Zeitlin ... Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Ray 
Ida Lupino (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)

A.I. Bezzerides (adaptation) and
Nicholas Ray (adaptation)

Gerald Butler (novel "Mad with Much Heart")

Produced by
John Houseman .... producer
Sid Rogell .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
George E. Diskant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Roland Gross 
 
Casting by
Dick Stockton (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller 
Darrell Silvera 
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Josephine Sweeney .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John Burch .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Walter Daniels .... production manager (uncredited)
Lloyd Richards .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Dorfman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Maxwell O. Henry .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Sydney M. Fogel .... props (uncredited)
Gene Gossert .... props (uncredited)
Johnny Peacock .... sketch artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Phil Brigandi .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound
Harold M. McNiff .... sound (uncredited)
Cecil Shephard .... cableman (uncredited)
Jean L. Speak .... sound recordist: second unit (uncredited)
James Thompson .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Harold E. Stine .... special effects (as Harold Stine)
Jack Lannan .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Landon Arnett .... assistant camera (uncredited)
S.H. Barton .... gaffer (uncredited)
Emmett Bergholz .... camera operator (uncredited)
E.T. Harris .... grip (uncredited)
George Hollister .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Marquenie .... best boy (uncredited)
Ollie Sigurdson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ralph Wildman .... grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Frederic Knudtson .... cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola d'amour
Victor Bay .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Manny Harmon .... orchestra manager (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Neely Plumb .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Irving .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Stan Margulies .... publicist (uncredited)
Louis Shapiro .... location manager (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | UK:A (1951) (cut) | USA:Approved (certificate #14508)
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Trivia:
Lee J. Cobb, Albert Dekker and Howard Da Silva were all considered for the role eventually played by Ward Bond.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Pop Daly:To get anything out of this life you've got to put something in it - from the heart.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Jumpin' JiveSee more »

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31 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
The Big Thaw, 9 May 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

The Nicholas Ray-A.I. Bezzerides On Dangerous Ground is a modestly budgeted film that tries to be different, and succeeds. Tough, brutal city cop Robert Ryan is sent upstate to help solve a murder case, and also to be got rid of, since he seems to be on the verge of mental breakdown. Along the way he runs into a blind woman, the father of the murdered teen, and a few locals. This is the bare bones of the story, such as it is, which on the surface appears mundane. But writer Bezzerides and director Ray were up to other things, and the crime picture trappings of this film are deceptive. The movie is really about that most modern of issues, alienation, and more generally, anomie, the feeling of displacement, namelessness, uselessness, that so many people have in such a fast-paced and mechanized society as ours. Ryan's character is a solitary, apparently celibate cop, who loves no one, and doesn't even like his job. He has a sense of morality, which is maybe what keeps him going. It also, alas, gets him into hot water with his superiors when he punches out one too many suspects, which is the reason for his being sent upstate, to Siberia, as he puts it. Ida Lupino, the blind woman he falls for, is equally isolated, but more serene. Her intuition tells her that Ryan is far more sensitive than he seems (or even understands), and they become close (but not lovers). She represents his good side, the part of him he has repressed all these years. Ward Bond, as the vengeful father of the murder victim, is like a caricature of Ryan, and also skeptical of him as a "city cop", as he puts it.

There's much to recommend in this film. Bernard Hermann's music is excellent. Ray's handling of the chase scenes in the snow, and his evocation of a small rural community, is masterful. The movie seems a little too short to me, for what it's trying to do, and at times spreads itself too thin. It's at various points a crime film, a romance, a mystery, an action picture and a psychological study. The actors, Ryan in particular, are outstanding. No one could play a brooding loser like he could. His emotional outbursts early on feel almost psychotic. Later, mellowed out in the frozen north (irony of ironies!), his vulnerable side begins to emerge, and he becomes sympathetic to us, and eventually empathetic toward the woman. One senses his cluelessness about what's happening in him emotionally, as we, the audience, get it, and he doesn't. He's almost fragile trying to deal with tender feelings, especially since if he messes up or things go wrong he can't very well punch his way out of this one.

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