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A Dangerous Profession (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 November 1949 (USA)
LA ex-cop Vince Kane is a bail-bondsman who bails out the suspect of a securities bonds robbery but his client disappears, prompting Vince to investigate.

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Ted Tetzlaff
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Vince Kane
Ella Raines ... Lucy Brackett
Pat O'Brien ... Joe Farley
Bill Williams ... Claude Brackett
Jim Backus ... Police Lt. Nick Ferrone / Narrator
Roland Winters ... Jerry McKay
Betty Underwood ... Elaine Storm
Robert Gist ... Roy Collins, aka Max Gibney
David Wolfe ... Matthew Dawson
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Ex-policeman Vince Kane is a partner with Joe Farley as bail bond brokers, but retains his ties and friendship with the police and Detective Nick Ferrone. Ferrone picks up Claude Brackette, a brokerage clerk, as a suspect in the securities robbery in which a policeman was killed, and Kane goes with him when the detective searches Brackett's apartment, and Kane finds that Brackett's wife, Lucy, is his former sweetheart. She insists her husband is innocent and pleads with Kane to get him out on bail but she has only $4,000 of the $25,000 needed. A mysterious emissary puts up $12,000 and Kanes, over Farley's protest, makes up the rest from the company's money. Brackett is murdered after his release. For Lucy, Kane investigates and finds that Brackett had dealings with night club owner Jerry McKay and a hoodlum named Roy Collins. Suspecting McKay was in back of the robbery, Kane begins a campaign in which he himself behaves like a crook, and demands a heavy bride from McKay for his ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Thieves and Killers are my Clients! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bail Bonds Story See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to RKO of $280,000 ($2.94M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »

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When Kane searches a dresser in a hotel room, he finds a ring and puts it in his right jacket pocket. At McKays Bar he takes it out of his left pocket. See more »

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A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
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By Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson
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A bit convoluted and difficult to believe but worth seeing.
13 April 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"A Dangerous Profession" is a decent enough film...the sort mildly entertaining stuff that George Raft made in the post-war years. It begins with Vince (Raft) working as a bail bondsman along with his partner (Pat O'Brien). Apparently Vince used to be a cop but decided to change careers. Why he wanted a change soon becomes apparently when his old girlfriend, Lucy (Ella Raines) shows up to try to bail her stupid husband out of jail. This IS a surprise...as Vince hasn't heard from her since she disappeared some time ago...nor did he know she was married...and had been when he knew her! Of course it's a surprise but Vince is a dope...so he helps her and her dopier husband. But when the husband soon is murdered, things get really, really confusing. So what's next?

This is a mildly interesting film but it suffers a bit from Raft's relatively dull screen persona as well as his being a bit too trusting to be realistic. The story also becomes a bit confusing and is, if you think about it, a bit like a reworking of "Casablanca"! Odd but worth seeing if you like old film noir movies.


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