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Perilous Holiday (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 21 March 1946 (USA)
Based on a "serial" story by Robert Carson that ran in the Saturday Evening Post, this tale of an international counterfeiting-ring operating in Mexico starts with Patrick Nevil (Pat ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writers:

Roy Chanslor (screenplay), Robert Carson (based on Colliers Magazine serial)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Pat O'Brien ... Patrick Nevil
Ruth Warrick ... Agnes Stuart
Alan Hale ... Dr. Lilley
Edgar Buchanan ... George Richards
Audrey Long ... Audrey Latham
Willard Robertson ... Graeme
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Señor Aguirre
Minna Gombell ... Mrs. Latham
Eddie Le Baron Eddie Le Baron ... Continental Orchestra Leader (as Eddie LeBaron)
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Based on a "serial" story by Robert Carson that ran in the Saturday Evening Post, this tale of an international counterfeiting-ring operating in Mexico starts with Patrick Nevil (Pat O'Brien)viewed as a suspicious character by newspaper woman Agnes Stuart (Ruth Warrick), who is working on a story to expose racketeering night-club owner Doc Lilley (Alan Hale.) She searches Lilley's home and finds the counterfeiting plates and thinks Nevil is part of the gang. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinheiro Perigoso See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An Irishman's Idea of Love
Written by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
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Ruthless Ruth.....
17 January 2013 | by malcolm-68See all my reviews

One of the problems with "Perilous Holiday" is that it cannot make up its mind whether it wants to be a romantic comedy, musical or thriller. Tis himself Pat O'Brien, then under contract to RKO Radio but here on loan out to Columbia, plays one part of a romantic triangle, the other parts being supplied by amorous Audrey Long and ruthless Ruth Warrick. It strains credulity that portly, decidedly middle-aged O'Brien could be the object of one heroine's desire let alone two. Re the musical element, O'Brien unfortunately has the opportunity to sing a couple of Oirish ditties (don't give up the day job Pat!). After a few reels, the thriller element involving some quack medicine and a counterfeiting ring is added on almost as an afterthought. There is a case to be made out for Ruth Warrick as a crusading newspaper reporter being the main protagonist of this film. She also gives the best performance in that she is quite believable as a liberated woman bent on revenge.The film is a bit ahead of its time because both female stars are participants in the climatic battle. This brings up the other major fault of this film in that the leading heavies (with the notable exception of Jay Novello who really looks the part of a thug) appear and behave too benignly to be the leaders of a brutal criminal organisation on this scale. It would have been a much better film if Columbia's resident villain George Macready had replaced the leading villainous actor. This film is one of those which comes in under the radar in that O'Brien forgets to mention it in his memoirs "The Wind at My Back". This movie is mildly diverting without ever becoming really engrossing or exciting. Instead it's a bit like painting by numbers.....


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