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Dangerous Mission (1954)

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A policeman tries to protect a young woman against a hit man, when she flees New York after witnessing a mob killing.

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Matt Hallett
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Louise Graham
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Chief Ranger Joe Parker
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Paul Adams
Betta St. John ...
Mary Tiller
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Mr. Elster
Steve Darrell ...
Katoonai Tiller
Walter Reed ...
Ranger Dobson
Marlo Dwyer ...
Mrs. Elster
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Ranger Clerk
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Witness to a mob killing and afraid to testify, young Louise Graham flees to Montana where she hopes to disappear working in the gift shop at Glacier National Park. Staying at the park are vacationers Matt Hallett, ex-marine, and Paul Adams, amateur photographer, both obviously very interested in Louise and both vying for her attention. Louise is unaware that one is a mob hitman, hired to kill her to prevent her from testifying, and the other is a cop working for the New York D.A.'s office, sent to protect her. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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6 March 1954 (USA)  »

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Rangers of the North  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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The company stayed in cabins at Glacier National Park during filming. Walter Reed shared a room with Dennis Weaver. See more »

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One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
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Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
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Film Noir Meets The Nature Channel
25 October 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

No doubt the real star here is Glacier National Park and its scenic vistas. It's 1953 and Hollywood is trying to lure TV audiences back into theatres with lavish Technicolor that b&w can't compete with, and with a 3-D process that faded as quickly as it soared. In short, Hollywood is looking for new formulas that work. I suspect an uncertain background of this sort accounts for this very odd movie product. In brief, it's a scenic jumble. Maybe you can make sense of story developments, I couldn't. It's a weird blend of noirish plot with The Nature Channel. Something about a mysterious hit-man tracking down a murder witness in the Park. But somehow the thread never really gels amid a welter of confusing events. I also suspect the screenplay is the result of too many chefs, even good chefs like W.R. Burnett, Horace McCoy, and Charles Bennett (a Hitchcock favorite), all of whom are credited, and each likely with his own ideas.

The cast is also an uneasy blend of aging names and hopeful no-names. Mature, Price, and Bendix lend some waning marquee strength, while Laurie and St. John are attractive newcomers. Yet, it's a real stretch to have the nubile young St. John ga-ga over the slightly effete, 40'ish Price. Then too, casting the unlikely Price as a top New York hit-man doesn't help. I realize there's supposed to be a surprise factor here, especially with the guffawing Cheshire's role; still, these come across as little more than artificial plot devices. Note too, the remnants of 3-D that come rolling at us during the avalanche sequence. And judging from the extravagant set for the climactic crevasse scene, "disaster" producer Irwin Allen is already experimenting with big ideas. Anyway, the storyline may jumble, but those Technicolor vistas continue to shine through and remain about the only reason to catch up with this RKO goulash.


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