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Danger Signal (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 May 1946 (Mexico)
A very romantic murderer has plans to seduce, marry and kill a beautiful woman for her wealth, but finds her younger sister to be even better prey.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Adele Comandini (screenplay) (as Adele Commandini), C. Graham Baker (screenplay) (as Graham Baker) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Faye Emerson ... Hilda Fenchurch
Zachary Scott ... Ronnie Mason
Richard Erdman ... Bunkie Taylor (as Dick Erdman)
Rosemary DeCamp ... Dr. Jane Silla
Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Andrew Lang
Mona Freeman ... Anne Fenchurch
John Ridgely ... Thomas Turner
Mary Servoss ... Mrs. Fenchurch
Joyce Compton ... Kate
Virginia Sale ... Mrs. Crockett
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Storyline

Smooth-talker Ronnie Mason earns his living by murdering lonely women for their inheritances. On the run, Ronnie poses as a disabled war vet and takes a room at the Fenchurch home. He at first courts elder daughter Hilda, but changes his plans after meeting her younger, prettier--and richer--sister. Hilda discovers Ronnie's scheme, but can she act before her sister becomes his next victim? Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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High Explosive! HANDS OFF! She loves hard...She hates hard...She lives hard! She's the danger dame the boys couldn't tame!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1946 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Delitti senza sangue See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Los Angeles Sunday 16 September 1956 on KTLA (Channel 5); it first aired in Salt Lake City Friday 15 November 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), in San Francisco Friday 23 November 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Phoenix Tuesday 25 December 1956 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Boston Thursday 31 January 1957 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Chicago Sunday 24 March 1957 on WGN (Channel 9), and in Portland OR Monday 1 April 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12). See more »

Goofs

When Bruce Bennett is driving from the police, the initial shot of the police car is a right hand drive car. The following shots show the police driver is on the left hand side. See more »

Quotes

Hilda Fenchurch: Funny how rich we are all, when we stop thinking about it : look at all that sky and ocean, that's ours too !
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Referenced in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

It Had to Be You
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Faye Emerson
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Neat, Noir-ish drama
30 June 2002 | by cinema_universeSee all my reviews

Not the best of the genre, but a well-acted B-flick by a cast of great character actors.

The storyline is typical. -- It's the performances that make this fun to watch. Zachary Scott is type-cast as the slimy, shady, kill-for-profit "lady's man" type, played almost exactly as in the A-Films: "Mask of Demetrios" and "Mildred Pierce".

Faye Emerson, who often played bad girls in her lead-roles in B-Films, plays the good-girl here. - One who's first fooled by, then catches on-to, Scott's bad-boy character. She's lovely in a hard way, and handles her part like the pro that she was.

I enjoyed the supporting role played by Rosemary DeCamp, as a doctor with a slight European accent. After seeing this film, I've since read that doing foreign accents was a specialty of hers. Bruce Bennett (also playing a doctor) does nicely, as well.

The film's ending is expected, and slightly disappointing, but the talented cast, the film's tight script, and it's noirish atmosphere more than make up for that.

It's short, moves quick, and it's an enjoyable watch. I rated it 6.


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