T-Men

T-Men

Director: Anthony Mann

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

     
 

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The moodily evocative docudrama T-Men stars Dennis O'Keefe as Dennis O'Brien, a treasury agent determined to bring a counterfeiting ring to justice. O'Brien and his partner Tony Genaro (Alfred Ryder) go undercover to gain the confidence of the ruthless Detroit mob responsible for the phony money. The plot, compelling though it is, takes second place to the filmSee more details below

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The moodily evocative docudrama T-Men stars Dennis O'Keefe as Dennis O'Brien, a treasury agent determined to bring a counterfeiting ring to justice. O'Brien and his partner Tony Genaro (Alfred Ryder) go undercover to gain the confidence of the ruthless Detroit mob responsible for the phony money. The plot, compelling though it is, takes second place to the film's stylish set pieces, superbly directed by Anthony Mann and brilliantly photographed by John Alton. Among the film's most famous moments is the scene in which two-bit hood Wallace Ford is bumped off in a steam bath by sadistic hood Charles McGraw, not to mention the harrowing vignette wherein O'Keefe, posing as a crook, must stand by silently as his partner Ryder is murdered. One of the finest examples of the film noir form, T-Men proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that a film didn't need to have a lush budget, brilliant Technicolor and Clark Gable to score a hit with postwar moviegoers.

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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:
0796019797788
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Classic Media
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
30,229

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

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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. Surveillance [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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