T-Men, a realistic view of the grim, violent life of an undercover Treasury agent Dennis O'Brien (Dennis O'Keefe), established the reputations of director Anthony Mann and photographer John Alton. When a Treasury agent is killed, O'Brien and his partner Tony Genaro (Alfred Ryder) are brought in to investigate. There they infiltrate a forgery ring with violent, tragic results. Director Man gets outstanding performances from both Dennis O'Keefe and Alfred Ryder, and emphasizes their easy transition from upstanding citizen to vicious hoodlum. Mann, using the technical virtuosity of his photographer Alton in using shadow and close-up, keeps the true natures of the the agents uncertain, creating tension and suspense as the audience is left in doubt as to whether the agents are as vicious, brutal and ruthless as the men they are hired to capture. T-Men, is an example of film noir at its best. … More
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Critic Reviews for T-Men
Anthony Mann's technique is Huston's but sharpened into the hardest noir edge
Hard as nails Anthony Mann noir classic starring Dennis O'Keefe and June Lockhart.
Subtext is king in Anthony Mann's noirs, with engrossing, underlying social, political, and psychological traumas compensating for caricatural dialogue, monotonous performances, and plodding plot twists.
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