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Release Date:
20 June 1952 (France) See more »
In One Strange Night she met both LOVE ... and MURDER!
Hard, withdrawn city cop Jim Wilson roughs up one too many suspects and is sent upstate to help investigate...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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  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | UK:A (1951) (cut) | USA:Approved (certificate #14508)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Lee J. Cobb, Albert Dekker and Howard Da Silva were all considered for the role eventually played by Ward Bond.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Wilson & the Sheriff are stopped on the bridge discussing the crime. When the car begins to move a reflector known as a "Shiny Board" can be seen in the reflection of the side window. It's clear enough to see it's the "Soft Side" of the board being used.See more »
Jim Wilson:Serve drinks to juveniles, you get into trouble. How many times do I have to tell you that?
Bartender:Whatta ya want me to do...? Every dame comes in here, look at her teeth...?
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Loneliness, Trust and Redemption, 11 June 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The lonely and tough Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) is an efficient detective that frequently uses excessive violence to resolve his cases and even his partners do not approve his behavior. While chasing two cop killers, he blows the bladder of another suspect during the interrogation to get the information to catch the assassins. He is warned by his chief Captain Brawley (Ed Begley) to cool off, and when he beats another suspect on the street, Brawley sends him "upstate to Siberia" in the cold Westham to calm down and help the locals in a murder case of a girl. When he arrives, he visits the family of the victim, whose father Walter Brent (Ward Bond) is decided to kill the murderer. They chase the man through the snow, and after a car accident, they reach the isolated house of Mary Malden (Ida Lupino), a blind woman that lives alone in the middle of nowhere with her brother Danny (Sumner Williams) that has mental problem. Brent and Jim are lodged by Mary to spend the night, and Jim is affected by Mary in a process of humanization and redemption.

"On Dangerous Ground"is a simple movie with a tale of loneliness, trust and redemption developed through two totally different characters that have only loneliness in common. Jim Wilson lives in the big city, is brutal, trusts nobody and is in the edge in his career, acting like a gangster wearing a badge. Mary Malden lives in the countryside, is gentle, has to trust everybody and sacrificed her chance to see again to take care of her mentally unstable brother. The process of humanization of Jim Wilson is depicted through his relationship with Mary and is very touching. Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan have great performances under the direction of Nicholas Ray in this credible story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Cinzas que Queimam" ("Ashes that Burn")

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