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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
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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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Two women...one good, one bad...help Ladd keep his appointment with danger! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1951 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Letter See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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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

When Goddard shows the nun how to 'rack the slide' on the pistol, his finger is on the trigger. NO intelligent cop would do that. See more »

Quotes

Dodie: Can I give you a lift?
Al Goddard: You already have.
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"Sure I know what love is - it's what goes on between a man and a .45 that won't jam"
18 August 2010 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

The worst crime committed by 'Appointment with Danger (1951)' is mediocrity, so it's not all bad, just a little uninteresting. Alan Ladd – everybody's favourite small-statured noir tough guy – stars as Al Goddard, a U.S. Postal Detective who, for some reason, is assigned to investigate a murder: who needs real police when the post-office is sending their top man? Goddard eventually becomes embroiled in a high-stakes currency hijacking, masquerading as a corrupt cop who wants in on the action. Yet the film struggles to inject any real suspense or emotion into a by-the-numbers police procedural. Ladd strides through the role with an indifferent breeziness; even when captured by his enemies, there's never any sense that he's in danger, nor that the criminals might actually get away with it.

The film's cheerful introduction into the world of the U.S. Postal Service could just as well have been a paid-advertisement that preceded the film screening, and, if anything, undercut any semblance of suspense that 'Appointment with Danger' might later have produced. But there are good things to be said. Jack Webb gives the film's best performance as a rotten henchman, his cragged face tainted by an expression of contempt that he doesn't bother to conceal (he could later join with co-star Harry Morgan for the popular television series "Dragnet"). Phyliss Calvert is completely lovely as Sister Augustine, a nun who becomes witness to a murder, an event that instills some excitement into her otherwise peaceful and peaceable life. Sister Augustine's role is ostensibly to "soften" the cranky and pragmatic Detective Goddard – as did the Amish people to Harrison Ford in 'Witness (1985)' – but Ladd doesn't really afford his character any development.


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