T-Men

T-Men

Director: Anthony Mann

Cast: Anthony Mann, Dennis O'Keefe, Mary Meade, Charles McGraw

     
 

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This is a totally unexpected and wonderful surprise to come from the obscure DVD line Sony Wonder -- a proper, fully authorized edition of Anthony Mann's film noir classic T-Men, mastered from a proper archival/preservation quality film source. Up to now on VHS, laserdisc, and DVD -- and even on television since the early 1980's -- the only way to see this

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This is a totally unexpected and wonderful surprise to come from the obscure DVD line Sony Wonder -- a proper, fully authorized edition of Anthony Mann's film noir classic T-Men, mastered from a proper archival/preservation quality film source. Up to now on VHS, laserdisc, and DVD -- and even on television since the early 1980's -- the only way to see this movie was in a variety of substandard, usually faded, scratchy, worn-out "public domain" versions, mastered from 16mm sources of highly suspect quality. This more than makes up for the shaky condition of those earlier issues, a well-transferred, beautifully mastered edition of the movie in which every shadow is as dark as it ought to be, but every shot -- no matter how dark -- has useful picture information. And considering some of the past editions of this movie, the viewing here (the best the picture has looked since the year its copyright fell into question, in 1975) is a revelation. The 16 chapter breaks also show the degree of care given this title, and the only thing one could wish for beyond the crystaline image (full-screen, 1.33-to-1) would be an original trailer to show us how this hardboiled movie was marketed at the time of its release. The simple two-layer menu is easy to use and pops up automatically on start-up, with the "play" option in the default position, and one only wishes that Sony Wonder could (and would) do this kind of work with all manner of other neglected film noir from the Eagle Lion library.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Anthony Mann's first big success is a tightly written pseudocumentary on undercover Treasury agents, which owes much to John Alton's stunning chiaroscuro camera work. Like Dragnet, which it resembles in the use of the voice-over narration typical of the period, the film was based on an actual Treasury Department case. In his Notes on Film Noir, director Paul Schrader wrote to the effect that noir is not a genre per se, with specific attributes of character and setting, but a style, based on tone and atmosphere. The film is nothing if not a triumph of style over substance, and while the byzantine plot is kept in sharp focus, it's the visual inventiveness of Mann and Alton that's makes it work. Film historian Todd McCarthy included scenes from the film in his acclaimed documentary on the history of cinematography, Visions of Light (1993).

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
UPC:
0074645215693
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Wonder (Video)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis O'Keefe Dennis O'Brien
Mary Meade Evangeline
Charles McGraw Moxie
Alfred Ryder Anthony Gennaro
Wallace Ford Schemer
June Lockhart Mary Gennaro
Jane Randolph Diana
Art Smith Gregg
Herbert Heyes Chief Carson
Jack Overman Brownie
John Wengraf Shiv
Jim Bannon Lindsay
Frank Hyers Ollie
Elmer Lincoln Irey Himself
Bernie Sell Actor
John Ardell Dice Player
Reed Hadley Narrator
Vivian Austin Genevieve
James Seay Hardy
Lyle Latell Isgreg
John Newland Jackson Lee
Victor Cutler Snapbrim
Tito Vuolo Pasquale
John Parrish Harry
Curt Conway Shorty
Irmgard Dawson Hostess on Plane
Robert B. Williams Detective Captain
Louis Bacigalupi Boxcar
Trevor Bardette Rudy
William Yip Chinese Merchant
Al Bridge Agent in Phone Booth
Keefe Brasselle Cigar Attendant
Leslie Sketchley Big Guy
Jerry Jerome Dice Player
Ralph Brooks Dice Player
Sandra Gould Girl at Phone
Tom McGuire Man at Car
Mira McKinney Woman at Car
Frank Ferguson Secret Service Man
Cecil Weston Woman Proprietor
George Carleton Morgue Attendant
Paul Fierro Chops
William Malten Paul Miller

Technical Credits
Anthony Mann Director
Fred Allen Editor
John Alton Cinematographer
Alfred de Gaetano Editor
Frances Ehren Costumes/Costume Designer
Irving Friedman Musical Direction/Supervision
John C. Higgins Screenwriter
Edward C. Jewell Art Director
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Armor E. Marlowe Set Decoration/Design
Frank McWhorter Sound/Sound Designer
Jack R. Rabin Special Effects
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Aubrey Schenk Producer
Joe Stinton Makeup
George J. Teague Special Effects
Ern Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- T-Men
1. The U.S. Treasury [4:25]
2. Two Undercover [7:58]
3. New Identities [5:36]
4. The Schemer [6:04]
5. Steam Baths [4:31]
6. Surveillence [1:23]
7. Contact [3:29]
8. Night Visit [6:30]
9. Striking A Deal [5:46]
10. A Sample [5:39]
11. To Hot To Handle [8:33]
12. Found Out [1:42]
13. High Stakes [6:55]
14. Bring In Paul [6:18]
15. Pier 181 [8:09]
16. Raids [4:38]

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