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Appointment with Danger [Import]

Alan Ladd , Jack Webb , Lewis Allen    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Great Film Noir Jan. 2 2011
By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Appointment with Danger

Buy this for the actors and acting. Alan Ladd plays a cold, cynical Postal Inspector. First, i had to get past the postal inspector tracking down a killer of another postal inspector. Original, but silly. The only witness is a sister complete w/ black habit (Phyliss Calvert). Inspector Goddard (Ladd) tracks the killer to a gang headed by Earl Boettiger(Paul Stewart)who are planning a million dollar mail heist.

Jack Webb, later to appear in Dragnet on TV talks and acts like his TV role except he never says "Just the facts" and Harry Morgan, later to star in Mash on TV, make up the gang. Like I said, the actors and acting make this film worthwhile, especaially when you see some of your favorite actors at the beginning of their career. Although this is Alan Ladd's last film noir. He goes on to be a star.

Even the hard-nosed dame appears although she's not a femme fatale and is suprisingly smart for her role refusing to stick to Boettiger if he's going to land her in jail. Alan Ladd softens over time(the sign of a well-written charactoer) only partly because of his interactions with the nobel nun. It's actually a decent movie with all the characteristics of a film noir, I just couldnt get past the premise of a gun-toting postal inspector, even if it is Alan Ladd looking gorgeous as always.

B & W. 89 minutes. Fine quality picture and sound. Directed by Lewis Allen and written by Richard Breen and Warren Duff this standard film noir is well-directed and cast.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alan Ladd Saves Ridiculous Story May 7 2014
By Moodywoody TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Usually I am willing to accept outrageous premises to enjoy a film noir, but Appointment With Danger, which is about a postal inspector going uncover into a gang of thieves, seems to push the envelope a little too much even for me. During the film I could not help but feeling annoyed as to how stupid and gullible the gang of thieves were to their newest member, Alan Ladd. It was easy to see there was something off about him, that he did not strike you as a criminal type, yet what is obvious to the viewer seems to be oblivious to the crooks.

This is not to say the film does not have redeeming qualities, for it does. Number one is Alan Ladd, who is always good in a film noir. Also, the inclusion of a nun as a witness adds a peculiar and unusual dimension to the film.

Overall, good entertainment, but certainly not the best film noir you are going to find. Nevertheless, it is a must for all Alan Ladd fans.
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By Big Bill TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Some reviews refer to this movie as film noir ; it's in glorious Black and White , and it's about crime , but it doesn't have the dark overshadowing
gloom and mood of a true film noir. Nevertheless it is a gem. Made in 1951 so it is of interest to retirement age oldsters or students and fans of the period or stars.
Our hero is Alan Ladd ,one of the shortest stars Hollywood ever had. He made many films with Veronica Lake ; he liked her because she was shorter at 5 foot 1 inch than
him , but still he is his usual handsome and smooth self.They film it so you never see the relative heights.
There is no real female love interest , instead a very pretty Nun (Phyllis Calvert) must be protected by Alan Ladd
as he solves the crime. He is tough as nails for he is a ,wait for it , Postal Inspector. Still ,you can't be fussy if you are looking for a life saver with a gun.
Jack Webb of Dragnet fame is a bad guy! Harry Morgan , also briefly with Dragnet and then M.A.S.H.is also a bad guy. The movie is worth the price of admission
just to see the Dragnet boys do tough and bad. They are acting , and do a fine job , but is also very entertaining in a humorous way to see them so far out
of the characters they play on Dragnet. Almost campy , if you know what that means.
The bad guys are caught , the Nun saved ( that's a pun ) and the movie comes to a normal Hollywood ending. Quite good , really entertaining , and a great
present for anyone over 60 and if they are Dragnet or MASH fans.
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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Paramount Pictures presents "APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER" (1951) (89 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Starring Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling, Jack Webb & Harry Morgan

Directed by Lewis Allen

Relentless postal inspector Al Goddard is sent to Gary, Indiana, when another officer is murdered. He must find the nun who witnessed the murder, then infiltrate the gang by convincing them he is a postal inspector gone bad. This is a great Alan Ladd crime drama with interesting support from Jack Webb & Harry Morgan as the villains!

Jack Webb and Harry Morgan (Sgt. Joe Friday and Officer Bill Gannon in a future life) are members of the gang. Webb's character is particularly vicious, and he kills Morgan with a pair of bronze baby shoes!

Appointment with Danger is a fast moving, entertaining, punch in the gut of a movie. In spite of its obscurity Appointment is a crime film of the first order. It's a textbook example of the visual aspects of the noir style.

BIOS:
1. Lewis Allen [Director]
Date of Birth: 25 December 1905 - Oakengates, Telford, Shropshire, UK
Date of Death: 3 May 2000, Santa Monica, California

2. Alan Ladd
Date of Birth: 3 September 1913 - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Date of Death: 29 January 1964 - Palm Springs, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 89 min on DVD ~ Paramount Pictures ~ (07/27/2010)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Superficial Noir, but Alan Ladd Makes an Entertaining Tough Guy. Aug. 12 2010
By mirasreviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"Appointment with Danger" begins like a typical post-war propaganda film in the guise of a thriller. A voiceover narration sings the praises of a law enforcement agency. In this case, we learn how big and efficient the US Postal Service is thanks to the dedication of "a great army of men and women". We're introduced to "the nation's oldest police force": postal inspectors. Then we're whisked to Gary, Indiana where a postal inspector by the name of Henry Gruber has been murdered. The introduction would lead the audience to believe this is going to be a police procedural, but it's not. It sticks to narrative mode for the rest of the film. Another postal inspector, Al Goddard (Alan Ladd), has been sent to track down the nun, Sister Augustine (Phyllis Calvert), who saw Gruber's killers. Goddard is a hardened, cynical man who goes undercover to catch the murderers as they heist a mail truck carrying $1 million.

It's classified as "film noir", but "Appointment with Danger" is only superficially so. Al Goddard has lots of great, hardboiled lines. He doesn't get on well with people and trusts no one. "One way or another, everybody you meet is a pitch artist," he says. There are a couple of brutal scenes. And Goddard's ability to make the suspects think he's even more crooked than they are introduces an aspect of identity confusion. But Goddard is never confused or conflicted. "Appointment with Danger" doesn't take place in the noir universe. Nevertheless, Goddard's hard-boiled persona is a lot of fun, as is the film's conspicuous attempt to cast Ladd as a tough-guy sex symbol -love the shirtless squash game between Goddard and violent conspirator Joe Regas (Jack Webb). Regas' persistent paranoia about the nun is a disaster waiting to happen.

Sister Augustine, who thinks Goddard could be a nice man with a little practice, is too angelic in contrast to the cynical cop and cold-blooded criminals. Earl Boettiger (Paul Stewart), a hotelier who masterminds the heist seems almost too level-headed for the part. Between him, the too-precious nun, and Goddard's aloofness, the film has a flat tone that keeps it just shy of completely engaging the audience. Earl's mistress Dodie (Jan Sterling) is a counterpoint to that tone. She's not in many scenes, but she produces a terrific combination of vulnerability, resignation, and realpolitik when she confronts Goddard. "Appointment with Danger" could have been better if it had been willing to explore its character's bizarre behavior a little more, but it's still entertaining. The print on the Olive Films 2010 DVD is pretty good but no bonus features or subtitles.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Appointment With Danger July 29 2010
By John Q Public - Published on Amazon.com
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A good movie. If you like Alan Ladd, you will like this movie.
It is not as good as, This Gun for Hire or The Blue Dahlia, but a good four star movie.
The picture quality is very good.
Postal Inspector (Alan Ladd) is assigned to investigate the murder of a fellow officer.
It is strange to see, Jack Webb and Harry Morgan as criminals after seeing them in the 1960's Dragnet.
Recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of snappy dialogue and a lot of funny lines July 6 2011
By Indian Prairie Public Library - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This 1950 film noir stars Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, and Paul Stewart. The plot is pretty hokey and the first few minutes of the film seem like an infomercial for the U.S. Post Office, but this film gets very entertaining very fast.

Two thugs murder a U.S. Postal Inspector and then dump his body. A nun (Calvert) inadvertently sees the thugs. Al Goddard (Ladd), another U.S. Postal Inspector, investigates the murder by first locating the nun. After he finds her, he tracks down one of the killers and subsequently infiltrates the killers' gang.

There is plenty of snappy dialogue and a lot of funny lines. Goddard is a hard and determined man and is accused by a fellow officer of being inhuman and without feelings. The fellow officer says to Goddard, "You don't know what a love affair is." Goddard replies, "It's what goes on between a man and a .45 that won't jam."

Ironically, this film stars Jack Webb and Harry Morgan as the killers. Just two years later, Webb would begin starring on television as Detective Joe Friday on Dragnet. And in the late 1960s, Webb would team with Morgan again when Dragnet returned to television - and they dressed in just the same style as they did in the 1950 film.

I saw this film for the first time last summer and I liked it so much that I saw it again this winter. If you like old movies, this is a good one, and if you don't, you may like it anyhow.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Appointment with Danger (1951) ... Alan Ladd ... Lewis Allen (Director) (2010)" Feb. 7 2011
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Paramount Pictures presents "APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER" (1951) (89 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Starring Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling, Jack Webb & Harry Morgan

Directed by Lewis Allen

Relentless postal inspector Al Goddard is sent to Gary, Indiana, when another officer is murdered. He must find the nun who witnessed the murder, then infiltrate the gang by convincing them he is a postal inspector gone bad. This is a great Alan Ladd crime drama with interesting support from Jack Webb & Harry Morgan as the villains!

Jack Webb and Harry Morgan (Sgt. Joe Friday and Officer Bill Gannon in a future life) are members of the gang. Webb's character is particularly vicious, and he kills Morgan with a pair of bronze baby shoes!

Appointment with Danger is a fast moving, entertaining, punch in the gut of a movie. In spite of its obscurity Appointment is a crime film of the first order. It's a textbook example of the visual aspects of the noir style.

BIOS:
1. Lewis Allen [Director]
Date of Birth: 25 December 1905 - Oakengates, Telford, Shropshire, UK
Date of Death: 3 May 2000, Santa Monica, California

2. Alan Ladd
Date of Birth: 3 September 1913 - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Date of Death: 29 January 1964 - Palm Springs, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 89 min on DVD ~ Paramount Pictures ~ (07/27/2010)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film noir June 8 2014
By Michael Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I first saw the movie on television January 1987 and found it great. Because they haven't played it since I decided to order it through Amazon for keeps.
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