Appointment with Danger

Appointment with Danger

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Director: Lewis Allen

Cast: Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart

     
 

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Al Goddard, (Alan Ladd) special investigator for the U.S. post office, is assigned to collar two criminals who've murdered a postal detective. Goddard must first locate the only witness to the crime, attractive young nun, Sister Augustine (Phyllis Calvert). Posing as a crook, Goddard gains the confidence of the murderers' boss Earl Boettiger (Paul Stewart), who has… See more details below

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Al Goddard, (Alan Ladd) special investigator for the U.S. post office, is assigned to collar two criminals who've murdered a postal detective. Goddard must first locate the only witness to the crime, attractive young nun, Sister Augustine (Phyllis Calvert). Posing as a crook, Goddard gains the confidence of the murderers' boss Earl Boettiger (Paul Stewart), who has worked out a scheme to defraud the post office of one million dollars. Once they've tumbled to the deception, the crooks take Goddard and the nun prisoner, leading to a fight to the finish in a lonely industrial district. Appointment with Danger tends to draw chuckles rather than shivers nowadays, thanks to the casting of future Dragnet co-stars Jack Webb and Harry Morgan as the murderers -- and as icing to the cake, viewers are treated to a scene in which Webb bumps off Morgan! As a whole, the film, the last of Alan Ladd's series of film noir, is uneven and generally unsuccessful. However, it contains some crisp, tough dialogue and some terrific action sequences which make it worthwhile.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One of the lesser-known films noir, Appointment with Danger is decidedly uneven, but when it's kicked into high gear, it's quite memorable. It's a shame that the stretches of the film between its highs don't have more vitality and spark to them; they're not bad, mind you, but they come across as routine. That feeling of "routine-ness" is more in the execution, for Danger has a number of elements that are somewhat different for the genre and which had greater potential than was realized. For example, having a nun as the crucial witness had not been done to death in the genre, and the decision to make the protagonist a member of the postal police was original. If these were missed opportunities, we're quite fortunate that director Lewis Allen and screenwriters Richard L. Breen and Warren B. Duff were in better form for the sequences that stand out -- especially the squash game and the murder of Henry Morgan. The former is an outstanding sequence in which Alan Ladd's seething anger is allowed to boil over, resulting in an exciting game in which the ball becomes almost a weapon of death. In the latter, Jack Webb's cold blooded killing, with a pair of bronzed baby shoes that themselves are filled with meaning, is shockingly brutal yet thrilling. Ladd does well in the lead role, although his laidback style will not engage all viewers. Phyllis Calvert is excellent as the nun, and Jan Sterling gets in some memorable moments as the moll. The most interesting casting, however, is future Dragnet co-stars Webb and Morgan as the villains, with Webb's patented deadpan style proving chilling and disturbingly psychopathic.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
UPC:
0887090024204
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
24,133

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Ladd Al Goddard
Phyllis Calvert Sister Augustine
Paul Stewart Earl Boettiger
Jan Sterling Dodie
Jack Webb Joe Regas
Stacy Harris Paul Ferrar
Henry Morgan George Soderquist
David Wolfe David Goodman
Dan Riss Maury Ahearn
Harry Antrim Taylor, Postmaster
Geraldine Wall Mother Ambrose
George Lewis Leo Cronin
Paul Lees Gene Gunner
Sid Tomack Trainman
Murray Alper Driver
James Cornell Gruber
Kathleen Freeman Nun
Harry Tyler Brakeman
Sheldon Jett Fat Man
Bruce Wong Chop Suey Restaurant Proprietor
Erno Verebes Window Dresser
Fritz Feld Window Dresser
Russell Saunders Gary Policeman
Ralph Sanford Wilder Bartender
Bill Meader Sharkey
John Whitney Postal Inspectors
Herb Vigran Policeman
Pat Lane Policeman
Jerry James Policeman
Patsy O'Byrne Woman
Ann Tyrrell Secretary
Billy Engle Man
Frank S. Hagney Motorcycle Cop
Byron Barr Policeman
Symona Boniface Woman

Technical Credits
Lewis Allen Director
Richard L. Breen Screenwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Francisco Day Asst. Director
Mary Kay Dodson Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Warren B. Duff Screenwriter
Robert M. Fellows Producer
Gene Garvin Sound/Sound Designer
Bertram Granger Set Decoration/Design
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Nozaki Art Director
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
LeRoy Stone Editor
Wally Westmore Makeup
Victor Young Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Appointment with Danger
1. Opening [11:07]
2. Last Train to Fort Wayne [7:41]
3. Spotted [12:13]
4. Dirty Cop [7:04]
5. Caught [12:15]
6. The Sting [14:12]
7. He Got Away [:42]
8. Robbery [14:08]

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