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Appointment with Danger (1950)

When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writers:

Richard L. Breen (as Richard Breen), Warren Duff
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Al Goddard
Phyllis Calvert ... Sister Augustine
Paul Stewart ... Earl Boettiger
Jan Sterling ... Dodie
Jack Webb ... Joe Regas
Stacy Harris ... Paul Ferrar
Harry Morgan ... George Soderquist (as Henry Morgan)
David Wolfe ... David Goodman
Dan Riss ... Maury Ahearn
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Taylor - Postmaster
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Mother Ambrose
George J. Lewis ... Leo Cronin
Paul Lees Paul Lees ... Gene Gunner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bauer ... David Goodman
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Storyline

Relentless postal inspector Al Goddard is set 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. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Two women...one good, one bad...help Ladd keep his appointment with danger! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1951 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

United States Mail See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Webb and Harry Morgan are partnered here as a couple of thugs. They met while filming this movie and became good friends. They would go on nearly 20 years later to be partners in Dragnet 1967 (1967). See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Ladd's character boards a Southern Pacific caboose (not in Indiana) and in the next scene, he disembarks from a Chicago & North Western caboose at the Clybourn Junction station in Chicago. See more »

Quotes

Earl Boettiger: What's the matter with you? You got a face a foot long.
Joe Regas: You look as if you just lost your best friend.
Al Goddard: I'm my best friend.
Joe Regas: That's what I said.
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Postal Cop
10 April 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If we learn one thing about the US Post Office in Appointment With Danger is that it takes care of its own. When a postal inspector winds up a homicide victim, it's another postal inspector that does the investigation. I was surprised that the FBI wasn't called in as they usually are with crimes involving the US mail.

But their top cop in the person of Alan Ladd is called in when one of the inspectors is murdered. He's found dead in an alley in a small Indiana town. And there's a witness, a nun played by British import Phyllis Calvert who sees the victim being dumped and is given an excuse by one of the perpetrators that they're just helping a drunken pal. That guy is played by Harry Morgan and Calvert recognizes him from the mug books once Alan Ladd tracks her down. The crooks also know that Calvert's been talking to the police.

Ladd's dead colleague was working on foiling a planned heist of a mail truck that will be carrying a large sum of currency. When Morgan goes missing and later turns up dead, the lead goes cold. Ladd's only way to apprehend the crooks is to insinuate himself with them and catch them in the act of robbery.

Appointment With Danger was Alan Ladd's final noir film with Paramount and it's a good one. He's a most cynical fellow in this film and can't quite wrap his mind around Calvert's character.

The gang includes Paul Stewart as the brains and trigger happy gunman Jack Webb. Interesting to see future Dragnet partners Webb and Morgan together. But though she only has a few scenes the one you'll remember is Jan Sterling playing Stewart's moll. Sterling is Stewart's girl to be sure, but she likes a little fun on the side. Her scenes with Ladd are the best in the film and Jan has a very practical turn of mind and a knowledge of the law gained from hanging around unsavory types.

Appointment With Danger is definitely a must for Alan Ladd fans and folks who might become Alan Ladd fans after seeing this movie.


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