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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.

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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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ALAN LADD as the U.S. Mail's ace agent smashes the biggest mail robbery plan in history! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Janaury 19, 1953 with Dan Riss and Stacy Harris reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Ladd's character boards a Southern Pacific caboose (not in Indiana) and in the next scene, he disembarks from a Chicago & North Western caboose at the Clybourn Junction station in Chicago. See more »

Quotes

Earl Boettiger: Anybody ever tell you about murder? It's against the law.
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Going Postal takes on real meaning! A good heist film.
26 October 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Appointment with Danger (1951)

A good, run-of-the-mill crime story. It's more a heist film than a true noir, and it has a popular twist of featuring a government cop as the lead character. There are several FBI films like this (they start with a shot of government building and have a serious narrator or title card give the context), but this is the only one I know of about the U.S. Post Office police.

Alan Ladd is a solid actor, in urban crime films or in Westerns, but he's never quite inspiring or memorable, and so the movie is hampered from the start. On the other hand, there is a slew of interesting secondary characters, and some are real characters (like the ever-impressive Paul Stewart, who had his real start in "Citizen Kane"). We get to bomb through some great sets and locations (including the waterfront), and the photography by John Seitz (one of the best, see "Sunset Blvd." and "Double Indemnity") is great. The editing seemed a little sudden at times, almost as if this was shortened version (it wasn't, as far as anyone has noted), but you have to pay attention a couple times to follow what happens. In a way, I think they expect the audience to know the usual twists of this kind of plot, and if that helps explain its fast cutting, it also reveals a kind of formula behind it all.

See it? Yes, of course. It's great in particular ways.


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