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Appointment with Danger (1950)

When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writers:

Richard L. Breen (as Richard Breen), Warren Duff
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Al Goddard
Phyllis Calvert ... Sister Augustine
Paul Stewart ... Earl Boettiger
Jan Sterling ... Dodie
Jack Webb ... Joe Regas
Stacy Harris ... Paul Ferrar
Harry Morgan ... George Soderquist (as Henry Morgan)
David Wolfe ... David Goodman
Dan Riss ... Maury Ahearn
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Taylor - Postmaster
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Mother Ambrose
George J. Lewis ... Leo Cronin
Paul Lees Paul Lees ... Gene Gunner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bauer ... David Goodman
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Storyline

Relentless postal inspector Al Goddard is set to Gary, Indiana, when another officer is murdered. He must find the nun who witnessed the murder, then infiltrate the gang by convincing them he is a postal inspector gone bad. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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AUTHENTIC!.....From the Post Office files! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1951 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

United States Mail See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Webb and Harry Morgan are partnered here as a couple of thugs. They met while filming this movie and became good friends. They would go on nearly 20 years later to be partners in Dragnet 1967 (1967). See more »

Goofs

When Ladd and Webb are fighting over a pistol, you can see the hammer is down on the slide. The next part the gun fires and Webb drops. The pistol cannot fire with the hammer down. See more »

Quotes

Al Goddard: You can rob Fort Knox and live, but steal a dime and kill a post office man, and they'll spend a million and a lifetime lookin' for you.
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Referenced in Éden (2011) See more »

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A little-known film gris worth catching
8 January 2006 | by elbasilioSee all my reviews

I caught this by accident on Sky at a friend's place at 8 one Sunday morning, so it was clear what Sky thought of it. In fact it's a gripping & well-crafted 'film gris', making good, expressive use of studio sets (with occasional location montages) and showing Alan Ladd at his best - the archangel of understated cold menace. Closed-in tension, violence & intrigue are the generic elements - the heart of Hollywood crime movies - and Ladd needs to be respected as a screen actor, not mocked for not being very tall. His career was slipping, and the length & other casting (strong character actors, no stars) suggest a B movie but here he's as natural as Spencer Tracey in a laid-back tough guy role. Unusual too in that it shuts out any Cold War vibes & focuses on a public utility - the US Postal Service.


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