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Danger Signal (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 May 1946 (Mexico)
A very romantic murderer has plans to seduce, marry and kill a beautiful woman for her wealth, but finds her younger sister to be even better prey.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Adele Comandini (screenplay) (as Adele Commandini), C. Graham Baker (screenplay) (as Graham Baker) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Faye Emerson ... Hilda Fenchurch
Zachary Scott ... Ronnie Mason
Richard Erdman ... Bunkie Taylor (as Dick Erdman)
Rosemary DeCamp ... Dr. Jane Silla
Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Andrew Lang
Mona Freeman ... Anne Fenchurch
John Ridgely ... Thomas Turner
Mary Servoss ... Mrs. Fenchurch
Joyce Compton ... Kate
Virginia Sale ... Mrs. Crockett
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Storyline

Smooth-talker Ronnie Mason earns his living by murdering lonely women for their inheritances. On the run, Ronnie poses as a disabled war vet and takes a room at the Fenchurch home. He at first courts elder daughter Hilda, but changes his plans after meeting her younger, prettier--and richer--sister. Hilda discovers Ronnie's scheme, but can she act before her sister becomes his next victim? Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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High Explosive! HANDS OFF! She loves hard...She hates hard...She lives hard! She's the danger dame the boys couldn't tame!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1946 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Delitti senza sangue See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The pin Ronnie steals off another man's coat on the bus at the beginning of the film is the Honorable Service Lapel Button. It was awarded to honorably discharged veterans of World War II. It is also nicknamed the "Ruptured Duck". See more »

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Clostridium botulinum can't survive as a bacteria in the open air or in a common test tube as shown in this film. It is an anaerobic organism, meaning that lives and thrives in airless environments. Botulism poisoning can come from improperly canned foods, or from the spores getting into an open wound. Clostridium botulinum spores could be used, but a tube of living bacteria as shown in this film would not survive. See more »

Quotes

Hilda Fenchurch: Funny how rich we are all, when we stop thinking about it : look at all that sky and ocean, that's ours too !
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Referenced in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

It Had to Be You
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Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Faye Emerson
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A Man in the House
6 November 2008 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

Between the ages of 30 and 51, when he died of a brain tumour, Zachary Scott made 70 films. He was introduced in 1944 in Jean Negulesco's 'The Mask of Dimitrios', where he played Dimitrios. The next year, 1945, he made three films, of which this is one. He is best remembered by cineastes as the star of Jean Renoir's 'The Southerner', one of the 1945 films, where he had a sympathetic role. However, he often played creepy characters, and in this film he is a sociopathic killer of women for money. So what happens here? He lives in a house with three women, so watch out! Faye Emerson, who also appeared in 'Dimitrios', plays the older of two daughters in the house. She falls in love with Scott and they become secretly engaged. Then her 'cute kid' younger sister (played effectively by Mona Freeman, who resembles Bonita Granville both in looks and in behaviour) returns from boarding school and reveals casually in conversation with Scott that she has inherited a tidy sum, so Scott turns his sights on her instead, with all the torrid jealousies seething in the household which that was bound to arouse. Things get tense, and then they get tenser. Meanwhile, plans for murder are going forward in the mind of the calculating Scott. But it turns out that he is not the only one with such intentions. He is also being searched for as a result of his last kill, with which the film has opened, so that we know his back story. James Wong Howe gives effective noirish cinematography to this tale, which was directed by Frenchman Robert Florey who had moved to Hollywood some time earlier. The film is an effective psychopath-in-the-house mystery which can cause a bit of wear of the edges of some seats, for those of such an inclination.


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