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On Dangerous Ground

1951, Crime/Drama, 1h 22m

19 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) is New York police detective on the edge. Hardened and embittered by his years of dealing with the lowest forms of criminal the city has to offer, Wilson becomes increasingly violent with suspects. For his own good, Wilson's police captain (Ed Begley) assigns him to a murder investigation in the countryside for a change of scenery. While searching for the killer, Wilson meets the suspect's sister, Mary Malden (Ida Lupino), a blind woman who might turn his life around.

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  • Jun 30, 2019
    There are a few wrong notes in this film noir (some awkward camera moves, Ida Lupino's interpretation of being sightless), but this is a must-see for genre lovers. Robert Ryan is the stone-cold cop who. unlike his peers, shows no compassion for criminals. His performance is among the best in his career. And, the music, by maestro Bernard Herrmann, is sensationaL.
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  • Apr 01, 2016
    Now thats a GREAT movie!!!
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  • Apr 01, 2016
    A very unusual film noir with it's change halfway through, brief moments of hand-held camera and the lead female is actually a tool of salvation. Very convincing story and acting from both Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan. Lupino also took the directing reigns for a while when Nicholas Ray took ill.
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  • Apr 01, 2016
    Atmospheric noir mood piece with excellent work by greats Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino with an evocative score by Bernard Hermann, reportedly his favorite of all his work.
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