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Dangerous Mission (1954)

Approved | | Action, Film-Noir, Mystery | 6 March 1954 (USA)
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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Louise Graham
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Chief Ranger Joe Parker
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Mary Tiller
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Katoonai Tiller
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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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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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Chase In The Big Sky Country
2 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

The best thing about Dangerous Mission is the great location cinematography of Glacier National Park where the film was shot. It must have boosted tourism in Montana considerably after it was in theaters and later on television. No doubt this film made WOR TV in New York when RKO closed as 99.9% of that library was sold to them.

Piper Laurie witnesses a mob killing in New York, but she's afraid to testify and flees back home to Montana where she knows everybody and strangers can be spotted easily. She's a guest at the tourist lodge owned by Betta St. John and her father Steve Darrell who's also got some problems with the law. But being an Indian he's pretty good at staying outdoors and living off the land.

Two strangers take an interest in Laurie both quite charming in their own ways, Victor Mature and Vincent Price. Just the names will tell you who the good and who the bad guy is. William Bendix is also in the cast as the chief Forest Ranger in the park. I wish Bendix had been given more to do in Dangerous Mission.

With the great outdoor cinematography in color you can't really call this a noir film. Still the plot elements would be noir if it were set in the big city.

Another thing Dangerous Mission has to recommend it is a very good depiction of a landslide which wreaks havoc on a hillside house and later Victor Mature goes out and tames a downed power line. The final chase scene across the glacier is also well done.

Though the plot is routine, it's all well written and staged and Dangerous Mission is enjoyable.


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