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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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Storyline

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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He's got to be tougher, trickier than they are. He walks a tight wire between the law and crime. One slip can find him in the ditch ... with a slug in his chest! See more »


Certificate:

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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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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Fred MacMurray bought Martin Rackin's screen story and hoped to be cast in this film, but was replaced by George Raft. At that time, the Los Angeles papers announced that the local bail bond racket was about to be exposed. 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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Mildly Diverting
15 April 2003 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

A Dangerous Profession is a mildly diverting crime picture featuring a fine cast headed by veterans George Raft and Pat O'Brien, both of whom had seen better days by the time they appeared in this picture. Nor is the direction of the usually reliable Ted Tetzlaff up to his usual standard. This is the kind of small scale but not quite grade B movie that television was about to make obsolete, and as such an interesting historical footnote of a bygone era for those who care for such things.


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