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T-Men (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 6 March 1948 (UK)
Two US Treasury agents hunt a successful counterfeiting ring.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

John C. Higgins, Virginia Kellogg (suggested by a story by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis O'Keefe ... Dennis O'Brien - aka Vannie Harrigan
Mary Meade ... Evangeline - Club Photographer
Alfred Ryder ... Tony Genaro - aka Tony Galvani
Wallace Ford ... The Schemer (as Wally Ford)
June Lockhart ... Mary Genaro
Charles McGraw ... Moxie (as Charles Mc Graw)
Jane Randolph ... Diana Simpson
Art Smith ... Gregg
Herbert Heyes ... Chief Carson
Jack Overman ... Brownie
John Wengraf ... 'Shiv' Triano
Jim Bannon ... Agent Lindsay
William Malten ... Paul Miller
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Storyline

United States Treasury agents O'Brien and Genaro infiltrate a counterfeiting ring which has some dangerously good paper. This is supposedly based on several actual Treasury cases. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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The raw, savage, screen-searing story of the Treasury's tough guys! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

6 March 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

T-Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits prologue: The United States currency and the credentials of the Treasury Department shown in this film were photographed by special permission of the Secretary of the Treasury. Further reproduction of said currency or credentials in whole or part is strictly prohibited. See more »

Goofs

In the ship, Brownie leans against the door, near the hinges. The camera changes angle and he is suddenly leaning on the handle side of the door. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: At last they were ready. They met on Belle Isle to quiz each other for the most important examination of their lives. They had to know all the answers. Failure to do so would mean a bad grade later on in the shape of a bullet or an ice pick.
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Tense crime thriller in gritty noir style...
6 June 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Some nice shadowy photography by John Alton and a well-paced storyline directed with style by Anthony Mann, makes for a diverting crime melodrama in crisp documentary style that was popular in the early to mid-'40s. Think BOOMERANG, THE HOUSE ON 92nd STREET, 13 ROUE MADELEINE and other Fox melodramas of that era.

But this was done on a poverty row budget by Eagle-Lion with the usually light-weight actor DENNIS O'KEEFE in the sort of role usually handed to someone like Dana Andrews, Mark Stevens, John Hodiak or William Eythe if the film was made at Fox.

He's surprisingly good as a noir hero whose task is to infiltrate a counterfeit gang with another Federal man, posing as would-be counterfeiters, and thus providing a succession of suspenseful moments where our hero is in danger of being exposed as a T-man for the government. Even more effective, in lesser roles, are CHARLES McGRAW and WALLACE FORD. In fact, McGraw would have been an even better choice for the lead than O'Keefe, his tight-lipped bearing and impressive physique suiting him for the role of a dangerous noir hero.

June Lockhart has only a fleeting appearance in one brief scene but others in the cast are properly sinister or authoritative, according to the way the script depicts the supporting characters.

Summing up: Worth a look, but not at the top of the film noir greats due to a script that is only slightly above average.


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