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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Hard, withdrawn city cop Jim Wilson roughs up one too many suspects and is sent upstate to help investigate...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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Best of Film Noir (1999) (V)See more »
How Long Did I Dream?See more »


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31 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Worthy of Hitchcock's Finest., 7 June 2000
Author: 349thHWC from Walnut Creek, CA

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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