On Dangerous Ground Reviews

  • Feb 27, 2021

    Tears from blind eyes. Nicholas Ray and Ida Lupino's film noir On Dangerous Ground (1951) is a fascinating portray of a policeman worn down by the depravity he must deal with on a daily basis, who must learn to love again as he aids a blind woman with a connection to the sad murder of a young girl. Ray's haunting noir direction is as riveting as you'd expect from the man who directed Rebel without a Cause so beautifully. Apparently, actress and director Ida Lupino helped finish directing On Dangerous Ground once Ray fell ill. I'm grateful for her peerless dedication to maintaining Ray's authentic direction and empathetic style. On Dangerous Ground is a classic film noir, and sadly often forgotten picture. Ray and Lupino focus on broken people healing from toxic environments or trauma. Writers A.I. Bezzerides and Gerald Butler find the heart of their complex lonely figures with plenty of social commentary about police brutality, investigative procedure, interrogation techniques, justice, kindness, and redemption. Their words are realistic and heartfelt is intricate crime drama plotting alongside tender romance drama, that all works effectively. Ida Lupino is vulnerable and subtle as Mary Malden, a blind lady living as best she can. Lupino gives Mary a sensitivity and patience that feels real. Ida Lupino is one of the greatest actresses who ever lived, and her romantically tender and incredibly sympathetic role in On Dangerous Ground lets you see why. With tears flowing freely from her blind eyes as she reflects on her loss and pain. Lupino allows you to believe her character is blind, but she sees the truth of Robert Ryan's leading man Jim Wilson. Ryan's stern cop is perfectly jaded with a heavy hand for all, except Lupino's gentle lady Mary. Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan have nice natural chemistry together. Ward Bond's furious father out for revenge is fantastic in On Dangerous Ground. He's quite intense. Charles Kemper is excellent as an honest cop trying to get by named Pop Daly. Roland Gross' editing keeps On Dangerous Ground down to a short 82 of pure empathy and perspective. Sharp cuts give you a real feel for what these characters go through. George E. Diskant's cinematography has gorgeously dark black and white shots, piercing lighting, and haunting wide shots of open icy backdrops. On Dangerous Ground looks spectacular to this day. Bernard Herrmann composed one of his finest scores full of lovely orchestral melodies that are as gentle as Ray and Lupino's vulnerable direction. Herrmann's use of soft and unusual instruments for On Dangerous Ground's compelling score makes it a particularly stimulating composition. Mel Berns' make-up looks excellent with soft looks on ladies and hardened appearance on the men. They look so worn. In all, On Dangerous Ground is a captivating film noir that few fans of the genre will find lacking. Ida Lupino's supporting actress role is so phenomenal, that she's basically the lead actress.

    Tears from blind eyes. Nicholas Ray and Ida Lupino's film noir On Dangerous Ground (1951) is a fascinating portray of a policeman worn down by the depravity he must deal with on a daily basis, who must learn to love again as he aids a blind woman with a connection to the sad murder of a young girl. Ray's haunting noir direction is as riveting as you'd expect from the man who directed Rebel without a Cause so beautifully. Apparently, actress and director Ida Lupino helped finish directing On Dangerous Ground once Ray fell ill. I'm grateful for her peerless dedication to maintaining Ray's authentic direction and empathetic style. On Dangerous Ground is a classic film noir, and sadly often forgotten picture. Ray and Lupino focus on broken people healing from toxic environments or trauma. Writers A.I. Bezzerides and Gerald Butler find the heart of their complex lonely figures with plenty of social commentary about police brutality, investigative procedure, interrogation techniques, justice, kindness, and redemption. Their words are realistic and heartfelt is intricate crime drama plotting alongside tender romance drama, that all works effectively. Ida Lupino is vulnerable and subtle as Mary Malden, a blind lady living as best she can. Lupino gives Mary a sensitivity and patience that feels real. Ida Lupino is one of the greatest actresses who ever lived, and her romantically tender and incredibly sympathetic role in On Dangerous Ground lets you see why. With tears flowing freely from her blind eyes as she reflects on her loss and pain. Lupino allows you to believe her character is blind, but she sees the truth of Robert Ryan's leading man Jim Wilson. Ryan's stern cop is perfectly jaded with a heavy hand for all, except Lupino's gentle lady Mary. Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan have nice natural chemistry together. Ward Bond's furious father out for revenge is fantastic in On Dangerous Ground. He's quite intense. Charles Kemper is excellent as an honest cop trying to get by named Pop Daly. Roland Gross' editing keeps On Dangerous Ground down to a short 82 of pure empathy and perspective. Sharp cuts give you a real feel for what these characters go through. George E. Diskant's cinematography has gorgeously dark black and white shots, piercing lighting, and haunting wide shots of open icy backdrops. On Dangerous Ground looks spectacular to this day. Bernard Herrmann composed one of his finest scores full of lovely orchestral melodies that are as gentle as Ray and Lupino's vulnerable direction. Herrmann's use of soft and unusual instruments for On Dangerous Ground's compelling score makes it a particularly stimulating composition. Mel Berns' make-up looks excellent with soft looks on ladies and hardened appearance on the men. They look so worn. In all, On Dangerous Ground is a captivating film noir that few fans of the genre will find lacking. Ida Lupino's supporting actress role is so phenomenal, that she's basically the lead actress.

  • Jun 29, 2020

    3 all star cast.. Ropert Ryan plays brutal policeman beating up white guys. Then ... Ward Bond. Ida Lupino as blind lady. Interesting. Saw ontv 6.2020

    3 all star cast.. Ropert Ryan plays brutal policeman beating up white guys. Then ... Ward Bond. Ida Lupino as blind lady. Interesting. Saw ontv 6.2020

  • May 29, 2020

    Really poor movie, a jumble of an attempt to mix film noir and romance, with Robert Ryan as a completely unlikable city cop out to solve a murder, find the murderer that is, and Ida Lupino playing the most unconvincing blind person I have ever seen in a movie. And I LOVE Ida Lupino, that's why I watched this. (Ryan was great in The Set-Up). An EXTREMELY disappointing movie. Supposedly great insights about loneliness, but not really, just a couple of lines that are okay, and then there's this redemption that feels really forced too. A MESS of a film. And don't call this film noir - it doesn't fit the category. It's just junk.

    Really poor movie, a jumble of an attempt to mix film noir and romance, with Robert Ryan as a completely unlikable city cop out to solve a murder, find the murderer that is, and Ida Lupino playing the most unconvincing blind person I have ever seen in a movie. And I LOVE Ida Lupino, that's why I watched this. (Ryan was great in The Set-Up). An EXTREMELY disappointing movie. Supposedly great insights about loneliness, but not really, just a couple of lines that are okay, and then there's this redemption that feels really forced too. A MESS of a film. And don't call this film noir - it doesn't fit the category. It's just junk.

  • Jul 01, 2019

    Soaper in which the hero meets and decides to marry the blind woman within 24 hours -- enough to send all fans of Gone With the Wind to the hankie drawer.

    Soaper in which the hero meets and decides to marry the blind woman within 24 hours -- enough to send all fans of Gone With the Wind to the hankie drawer.

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    Aldo G Super Reviewer
    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.

    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.

  • Jun 30, 2019

    One of noir's most soulful and poetic expressions of hope and redemption. Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case. Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond Directors: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino (uncredited) Lupino also took the directing reigns when Nicholas Ray took ill. Ida Lupino was so talented as an actress ,writer , producer and director . And of course Robert Ryan is superb . The performances of Ryan and Lupino, the cinematography, and Bernard Herrmann's great score highlight this classic RKO picture. Just an excellent, underrated picture from one of cinema's great filmmakers. Highly recommended viewing. 9/10

    One of noir's most soulful and poetic expressions of hope and redemption. Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case. Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond Directors: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino (uncredited) Lupino also took the directing reigns when Nicholas Ray took ill. Ida Lupino was so talented as an actress ,writer , producer and director . And of course Robert Ryan is superb . The performances of Ryan and Lupino, the cinematography, and Bernard Herrmann's great score highlight this classic RKO picture. Just an excellent, underrated picture from one of cinema's great filmmakers. Highly recommended viewing. 9/10

  • May 02, 2018

    Sorry, not believable today!

    Sorry, not believable today!

  • Mar 16, 2017

    Crossing another Film Noir selection off the list with this one. I'm pleased to say that while this was pretty watchable, in spite of veering a bit afield of the hard boiled material and into more Melodrama with Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino as would-be lovers. Still a solid film and not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Rental!

    Crossing another Film Noir selection off the list with this one. I'm pleased to say that while this was pretty watchable, in spite of veering a bit afield of the hard boiled material and into more Melodrama with Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino as would-be lovers. Still a solid film and not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Rental!

  • Aug 08, 2016

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  • May 14, 2016

    This film features my favorite Robert Ryan performance. In this film he plays a violent cop on the edge who is removed from the city for his violent behavior to be part of a manhunt out in the snowy countryside. In the countryside, he meets blind girl Ida Lupino, who's brother is the target of the manhunt. The story is fairly standard, but this film was directed by the great Nicholas Ray, who's films like "Rebel Without a Cause" or "In a Lonely Place" were marked by strongly defined characters and deep emotional performances. The scene where Ryan's character beats information out of a perp who won't talk, when he says, "Why do you make me do it? You know you're gonna talk! I'm gonna make you talk! I always make you punks talk! Why do you do it? Why?" it's not a scene that's done for Dirty Harry tough guy posturing, it's Ryan's cop having a real crisis of conscious, hating every second of what he's doing. His characters arc is when he goes to the rural countryside and meets Lupino, he finds some reception and hope for himself and society. The film's weak points are when it dips into melodrama. The film as written by A.I. Bezzerides, who wrote some real classics like "Kiss Me, Deadly," "They Live by Night" and "Thieves Highway" but I would argue that those films successes are more a result of their directors than the screenplay and I believe that to be the case here as well. This film also features a terrific score by Bernard Herrmann, which was reportedly his favorite work. Not a perfect film, but a definitely classic.

    This film features my favorite Robert Ryan performance. In this film he plays a violent cop on the edge who is removed from the city for his violent behavior to be part of a manhunt out in the snowy countryside. In the countryside, he meets blind girl Ida Lupino, who's brother is the target of the manhunt. The story is fairly standard, but this film was directed by the great Nicholas Ray, who's films like "Rebel Without a Cause" or "In a Lonely Place" were marked by strongly defined characters and deep emotional performances. The scene where Ryan's character beats information out of a perp who won't talk, when he says, "Why do you make me do it? You know you're gonna talk! I'm gonna make you talk! I always make you punks talk! Why do you do it? Why?" it's not a scene that's done for Dirty Harry tough guy posturing, it's Ryan's cop having a real crisis of conscious, hating every second of what he's doing. His characters arc is when he goes to the rural countryside and meets Lupino, he finds some reception and hope for himself and society. The film's weak points are when it dips into melodrama. The film as written by A.I. Bezzerides, who wrote some real classics like "Kiss Me, Deadly," "They Live by Night" and "Thieves Highway" but I would argue that those films successes are more a result of their directors than the screenplay and I believe that to be the case here as well. This film also features a terrific score by Bernard Herrmann, which was reportedly his favorite work. Not a perfect film, but a definitely classic.