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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1946 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Delitti senza sangue See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

Referenced in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

It Had to Be You
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Faye Emerson
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Wonderful and suspense abounds...
18 April 2009 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Caught this film on TCM in the early A.M. It was amazing.

Starting out slow but ominously.... Scott is a shady character who preys on women. In this case, two women who happen to be due an inheritance in Southern California.

The sets of the beach and neighborhoods of the 1940's are original and intriguing. The title may have been more creative, but the theme and nefarious shadows of human nature are intriguingly exposed, almost in a Hitchcockian version.

Scott reminded me of the character Uncle Charley in "Shadow of a Doubt", one of Hitch's reputed favorite films. The audience learns,we truly do not know what lurks in the dark side of the human mind.This film is a displaced gem and well-worth purchasing. 10/10.


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