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Dangerous Mission (1954)

Approved | | Action, Film-Noir, Mystery | 6 March 1954 (USA)
A policeman tries to protect a young woman against a hit man, when she flees New York after witnessing a mob killing.

Director:

Louis King

Writers:

Horace McCoy (screen play), W.R. Burnett (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Matt Hallett
Piper Laurie ... Louise Graham
William Bendix ... Joe Parker
Vincent Price ... Paul Adams
Betta St. John ... Mary Tiller
Steve Darrell ... Katoonai Tiller
Marlo Dwyer ... Mrs. Elster
Walter Reed ... Ranger Dobson
Dennis Weaver ... Pruitt
Harry Cheshire ... Mr. Elster
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Storyline

Witness to a mob killing and afraid to testify, young Louise Graham flees to Montana where she hopes to disappear working in the gift shop at Glacier National Park. Staying at the park are vacationers Matt Hallett, ex-marine, and Paul Adams, amateur photographer, both obviously very interested in Louise and both vying for her attention. Louise is unaware that one is a mob hitman, hired to kill her to prevent her from testifying, and the other is a cop working for the New York D.A.'s office, sent to protect her. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rangers of the North See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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One of a string of "resort thrillers" in the early 1950s, including His Kind of Woman (1951) and Second Chance (1953), both set in Mexico, and Niagara (1953), set in Niagara Falls, NY. See more »


Soundtracks

One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
(uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
Heard as a theme during the film
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Minimal suspense is buried under Big Sky Country travelogue
15 January 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Did the State of Montana invest a huge chunk of money in Dangerous Mission? We see, in brash Technicolor, the snow-capped mountains and crystalline lakes of Big Sky country; we even get to see a forest fire and a couple of avalanches, one of which seems to have something to do with a plot. There's not much else to divert the attention, except the spectacle of white actors "made up" to impersonate native Americans (they look as though they'd been steeped in Paas Easter-egg dye). A fine cast --Victor Mature, William Bendix, Vincent Price and the very young Piper Laurie -- is thrown to the winds in a wisp of a story that seems left over from the final days of film noir, reworked as a Western, and finally released as this mash-note to mountain lodges and dude ranches. It concerns a woman (Laurie) who witnessed an execution back in the evil east and is being tracked down to insure her silence. The song "It's A Quarter to Three" keeps cropping up as though it had great thematic relevance, but it doesn't. Dangerous Mission has no theme, let alone thematic relevance.


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