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A Dangerous Profession (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 10 December 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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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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Vince's car is a 1947 Cadillac Series 62 convertible. In 2016, this car, if in excellent condition, could be worth more than $100,000. 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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Film noir let down by poor execution
29 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

A DANGEROUS PROFESSION is a rather disappointing slice of film noir starring gangster favourite George Raft. Raft plays a former cop now working as a bail bondsman who is persuaded by a femme fatale to help raise the money to get her innocent husband out of prison. However, on his release the plot thickens, and Raft finds himself up against some sinister criminal types if he wants justice to be served.

The plot is an interesting one and all of the ingredients are right, so it's just a pity the execution is so sloppy here. A DANGEROUS PROFESSION is anything but dangerous: there's endless talk, a bored-looking Raft wandering around aimlessly for a long while, and not much else. It lacks suspense and a sense of pace to keep it moving along, and instead it just feels stodgy. I did like Ella Raines as the alluring femme fatale, though, and Pat O'Brien is always watchable.


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