Friday, August 23, 2013
APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER (1951)
I love 1947's T-MEN. It's a excellent little noir about some Treasury agents going undercover to infiltrate a counterfeiting gang. The story is interesting, the acting is gritty, the cinematography by John Alton is beautiful...it's just a great film. So that's what I had in mind when I found out about this 1951 caper film about a postal inspector who goes undercover to solve a murder and prevent a big mail heist. Sadly though APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER doesn't hold a candle to T-MEN. It's not a bad film, but the direction is kinda stale and the nun aspect. Oh my Satan! Every time she was on the screen everything came to a screeching halt. If the entire nun story had been tossed in the trash it would have improved the film. The heist gang scenes were entertaining, but that nun! Painful.
Worth a watch for fans of old heist/undercover cop films, but it's not a noir. Good acting though and I was especially surprised to see Jack Webb and Harry Morgan together 16 years before "Dragnet" as two cold-blooded thugs!!!