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John Conrad, alias Johnny Salvo
Leigh Snowden ...
Maria Craven
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Don Kastner
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Chief Agent Alec Conrad
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Philip Bormann
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Agent Maury Saxton
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Agent Phil Schwartz
Floyd Simmons ...
Agent Harris
Mel Welles ...
Milo
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Warden Lewis
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Mrs. Pulenski
Maurice Doner ...
Mr. Pulenski
Jess Kirkpatrick ...
Bill MacReady, customs official
Arthur Hanson ...
Agent Parker
Richard H. Cutting ...
Agent Pomery
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An ex-con is given the chance to redeem himself, and revenge the murder of an old army buddy, by going undercover in Germany and helping the authorities break up a ring of international counterfeiters who will stop at nothing, including murder, to protect their operation. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Ray Danton seeks information about a counterfeit operation
5 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director Jack Arnold has made a tight and sometimes exciting noir crime story in "Outside the Law" (1956). Universal has so far not re-released it to DVD, but the available secondary market print is quite good.

Excellent quality counterfeit money is being circulated worldwide by a clever gang that has so far resisted detection. Onslow Stevens, a federal agent, brings his estranged son, Ray Danton, into the case. Danton's in the service trying to clear his criminal record. Their relationship is prickly, but Danton agrees to visit the widow, Leigh Snowden, of a buddy of his who has been killed by the gang.

Stevens and Danton are about co-equal as protagonists, with Stevens and his men going the police procedural route, sometimes aided by Danton's input. That's all depicted in a very engaging way. Danton's relations with Snowden elicit resistance from Grant Williams who wants her for himself.

The script sticks to the personal relationships and doesn't go in for a lot of sharp dialog, but that's okay. These actors are good ones who make it meaningful. Jack Arnold did a lot of very fine work for Universal in the 50s, this included. Let's hope that it's cleaned up and released some day in the proper aspect ratio.


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