Perched between late-'40s noir and mid-'50s crime drama, this is one of the great, forgotten works of the genre.
An exalted modulation from harsh to lyrical and back, the culmination of Nicholas Ray's Borzagean side
One of noir's most soulful and poetic expressions of hope and redemption.
| Original Score: A
[One of] a string of masterworks from Ray.
What succeeds in On Dangerous Ground is the raw emotionalism that bleeds out from the screen, unmatched in any of Ray's other films.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Overcomes its artificial contrivances to become a touching psychological drama about despair and loneliness.
| Original Score: 5/5
Haunting mix of police story, romance and tale of regeneration.
Nicholas Ray's classic noir starring Ryan and Lupino.
Nicholas Ray's existential melodrama is considered to be a flawed noir because of its upbeat ending, but it's one of the director's most lyrical tales and is extremely well acted by Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan.
| Original Score: B
One of the loveliest of Nick Ray's movies.
Above par noir thriller that takes some stereotypical characters and potentially sentimental situations to fashion them into a film that thinks as well as entertains.
A realistic and often gripping crime yarn.
| Original Score: 3/4