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On Dangerous Ground

On Dangerous Ground

Nicholas Ray (1951)



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Like many a major director, Nicholas Ray often did minor work, but even his lesser movies are of interest. This RKO crime drama has a terrific beginning, with tough cop Robert Ryan leading a manhunt and displaying a totally unsympathetic, even sadistic, temperament. Then he falls for blind Ida Lupino, his world is turned upside down and the movie loses its edge. Nevertheless, the mood is well maintained, boosted by a remarkable score from Psycho composer Bernard Herrmann. Overall, it's not nearly grim enough for its subject matter.


A hard-nosed detective believes the only way to get results is to come down hard on suspects - until a meeting with a blind girl, whose mentally ill brother has fallen under suspicion of murder, causes him to soften his approach. Nicholas Ray's thriller, starring Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper and Ed Begley.

Cast & Crew

Jim Wilson Robert Ryan
Mary Malden Ida Lupino
Walter Brent Ward Bond
Bill Daly Charles Kemper
Pete Santos Anthony Ross
Captain Brawley Ed Begley
Carrey Ian Wolfe
Danny Malden Sumner Williams
Lucky Gus Schilling
Director Nicholas Ray
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Language: English Black and White


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