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  • Actors: Dennis O'Keefe, Wallace Ford, Alfred Ryder, Mary Meade, June Lockhart
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Writers: John C. Higgins, Virginia Kellogg
  • Producers: Aubrey Schenck, Turner Shelton
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 1 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y70T
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,017 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Anthony Mann was a poverty-row director with ambition when he transformed this story of undercover Treasury agents (based on a collection of true cases) into a moody, alienated drama about two lawmen living a shadowed life in the underworld where a blown cover means death. Square-jawed Dennis O'Keefe, a former leading man turned beefy B movie tough guy, and Alfred Ryder star as the titular T-men who take over a counterfeiting investigation when their predecessor is killed, posing as street thugs to infiltrate their way into the gang and living the dangerous life of the gangster to the hilt. The documentary-style realism, with its authoritative narrator, location shooting, and stock-shot interludes of shuffling papers and laboratory testing, is given a nightmarish dimension with stark sets lit in claustrophobic shadows, creating an abstract, eerie emptiness. Penned by John C. Higgins (who wrote Mann's previous film, Railroaded!), and shot by the brilliant cinematographer John Alton, T-Men is raw in comparison to the smoother, more handsome studio noirs such as The Maltese Falcon and Out of the Past. Saddled with often awkward dialogue and hackneyed narration, this low-budget gem derives its power from the brutal violence (often offscreen but no less unsettling for it) and spare style, and the desperation in the hard faces of the unglamorous actors. Mann, Alton, Higgins, and star O'Keefe reteamed for the moody Raw Deal the next year. --Sean Axmaker

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 14 2011
Format: DVD
Eagle-Lion Films presents "T-MEN" (15 December 1947) (92 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Deception is the theme that resonates throughout the story of Mann's film and he cleverly delivers that premise of duplicity right into the lap of the audience --- Treasury Agents Dennis O'Brien (Dennis O'Keefe) and Tony Genaro (Alfred Ryder) are put on the case of cracking the major counterfeiting ring that spans between the mob in Los Angeles and Detroit --- O'Brien and Genaro are assigned to begin in Detroit where they research the local crime history and create their undercover identities of two hoods from a defunct Detroit gang.

Wallace Ford gives a standout performance --- His Schemer Burns was outstanding. This has to be an all-time favorite noirs from director Anthony Mann.

Under the production staff of:
Anthony Mann [Director]
John C. Higgins [Screenplay]
Virginia Kellogg [Story\
Aubrey Schenck [Producer]
Turner Shelton [Associate producer]
Paul Sawtell [Original Music]
John Alton [Cinematographer]
Fred Allen [Film Editor]

1. Anthony Mann [aka: Emil Anton Bundesmann] - [Director]
Date of Birth: 30 June 1906 - San Diego, California
Date of Death: 29 April 1967 - Berlin, Germany

the cast includes:
Dennis O'Keefe - Dennis O'Brien aka Vannie Harrigan
Mary Meade - Evangeline
Alfred Ryder - Tony Genaro aka Tony Galvani
Wallace Ford - The Schemer (as Wally Ford)
June Lockhart - Mary Genaro
Charles McGraw - Moxie

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 92 min on DVD ~ Eagle-Lion Films ~ (10/18/2005)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons on May 30 2002
Format: DVD
VCI Entertainment, a small video company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is releasing DVDs of "RAW DEAL" and "T MEN," two forgotten noir B movie classics directed by Anthony Mann.
Allegedly taken from a closed Treasury Department file (the "Shanghia Paper" case), "T Men" (1947) is a clever crime drama that's shot in a documentary style for added realsim. The meticulously detailed set-up is kind of slow going, but the payoff is gangbusters (literally). Dennis O'Keefe and Alfred Ryder are Treasury agents who go undercover, disguised as mobsters, to infiltrate a ring of Detroit based liquor cutters known to be using bogus revenue stamps. The gang's savage leader has already killed a fellow T Man. For the agents, there is almost a perverse emphasis on how they must shut down all normal human feelings to successfully accomplish their missions -- even to the point of standing by while a fellow agent is executed in cold blood. There's no question about the dark noir terrain in this terrific little thriller that is all the more effective thanks to John Alton's brilliant, precise, geometrically composed cinematography.
A surprisingly gripping film with a stunning climax. Definitely worth considering if you're looking for those forgotten noir gems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Brianton on Oct. 24 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Anthony Mann with no budget and not much of a script creates a terrific little thriller. There are simply classic sequences thanks to some brilliant cinematography.
The film is very episodic and does not realy hang together, but some of the shots are superb. The opening murder of an informant has one of the bext scenes where a murderer literally is absorbed by the darkness. The execution in the steam room is filled with horror. Anthony Mann showed all his potential as a director with this little B film. It is throughly recommended.
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