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Release Date:
6 March 1954 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Victor Mature ... Matt Hallett

Piper Laurie ... Louise Graham

William Bendix ... Chief Ranger Joe Parker

Vincent Price ... Paul Adams

Betta St. John ... Mary Tiller

Harry Cheshire ... Mr. Elster

Steve Darrell ... Katoonai Tiller

Walter Reed ... Ranger Dobson

Marlo Dwyer ... Mrs. Elster

Dennis Weaver ... Ranger Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Trevor Bardette ... Indian Chief at Schoolhouse (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Ms. Thorndyke (uncredited)
Charles Cane ... Charlie Barrett (uncredited)
John Carlyle ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Robert Carraker ... Traskins (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Party Caterer (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Party Guest / Dancer (uncredited)
Kem Dibbs ... Johnny Yonkers (uncredited)
Anne Dore ... Woman (uncredited)

Roy Engel ... Fisherman Fiinding Adams' Car (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Party Guest Descending Stairs (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ... Hawthorne (uncredited)
Wymer Gard ... Cobb (uncredited)
Frank Griffin ... Tedd (uncredited)

Grace Hayle ... Mrs. Alvord (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Porter (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Fletcher (uncredited)
Virginia Linden ... Mrs. Brown (uncredited)
Chester Marshall ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Bert Moorhouse ... Battaglia (uncredited)
Craig Moreland ... Firefighter (uncredited)
Richard Newton ... Boone (uncredited)
James Porter ... Ranger (uncredited)

Steve Rowland ... Parking Attendant (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Firefighter (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Mr. Jones (uncredited)
Maureen Stephenson ... Mrs. Jones (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Hotel Guest / Indian Ceremony Attendee (uncredited)

Russell Thorson ... Downriver Radio Operator (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Firefighter (uncredited)
Bill White Jr. ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Jeremiah Kern (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis King 
Writing credits
Horace McCoy (screen play) &
W.R. Burnett (screen play) and
Charles Bennett (screen play)

Horace McCoy (story) and
James Edmiston (story)

Produced by
Irwin Allen .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
William E. Snyder  (as William Snyder)
Film Editing by
Gene Palmer 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller  (as Walter Keller)
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
John Sturtevant (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James W. Lane .... assistant director
Sound Department
Frank McWhorter .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound
Visual Effects by
Harold E. Wellman .... photographic effects (as Harold Wellman)
Fred Carson .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Fred Carson .... stunt double: Victor Mature (uncredited)
Fritz Ford .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Monroe W. Burbank .... color consultant: Technicolor
Frederic Knudtson .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Crew verified as complete

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75 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1954) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #16641, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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26 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Noir Thriller About a Man Who Is Something Special, 19 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

When "Dangerous Mission" was made as a another "B" color feature in 1954, it was probably considered by its producers to be a a routine action script. The film did have lovely young Piper Laurie, Betta St. John, Harry Cheshire. plus Vincent Price, William Bendix and as star handsome Victor Mature. But I assert that it had some hidden assets as well: very intelligent direction, unusually lovely Glacier National Park scenery, a logical storyline and first-rate production values from Roy Webb's music to costumes by Michael Wulfe and sets to art direction and second-unit work by Asst. Director James Lane. Also, the script was what I term a "sense-of-life film", of the same sort as "Bend of the River", "Smoke Signal" and "The Miracle Worker". We as viewers in other words only learn about a charismatic but suspect hero gradually, by experiencing his actions which are set against his negative reputation. Price steals the film as a complex character out of place among straightforward personalities; Mature lacks the speech for a senior detective but Bendix, St. John and Laurie and Cheshire are all very good in their roles. Make no mistake; this is an inexpensive film, with the outdoor actions using rear- projection to include most of the Glacier Park locales. But the film looks colorful and very spacious for a "B". It presents a square dance interrupted by an avalanche, a battle with a live-wire, a first-rate forest fire, a stirring chase and climactic battle on the glacier, plus intelligent dialogue and character-revelation scenes. The makers have put together I suggest a first-rate romance, an interesting mystery noir, and a very entertaining adventure. I never miss this one, having discovered it fifty years ago and championed its values for years. With a Keith Andes as its star, it might have become famous.

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