T-Men (1947)

T-Men (1947)




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The moodily evocative docudrama T-Men stars Dennis O'Keefe as Dennis O'Brien, a treasury agent determined to bring a counterfeiting ring to justice. O'Brien and his partner Tony Genaro (Alfred Ryder) go undercover to gain the confidence of the ruthless Detroit mob responsible for the phony money. The plot, compelling though it is, takes second place to the film's stylish set pieces, superbly directed by Anthony Mann and brilliantly photographed by John Alton. Among the film's most famous moments is the scene in which two-bit hood Wallace Ford is bumped off in a steam bath by sadistic hood Charles McGraw, not to mention the harrowing vignette wherein O'Keefe, posing as a crook, must stand by silently as his partner Ryder is murdered. One of the finest examples of the film noir form, T-Men proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that a film didn't need to have a lush budget, brilliant Technicolor and Clark Gable to score a hit with postwar moviegoers.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Edward Small Productions


Dennis O'Keefe
as Dennis O'Brien/Vannie Harrigan
Mary Meade
as Evangeline
Alfred Ryder
as Tony Genaro/Tony Galvani
Wallace Ford
as Schemer
June Lockhart
as Tony's Wife
Art Smith
as Gregg
Herbert Heyes
as Chief Carson
Jack Overman
as Brownie
Jim Bannon
as Lindsay
William Malten
as Paul Miller
Reed Hadley
as Narrator
Vivian Austin
as Genevieve
James Seay
as Hardy
Lyle Latell
as Isgreg
John Newland
as Jackson Lee
Victor Cutler
as Snapbrim
Tito Vuolo
as Pasquale
Curt Conway
as Shorty
Ricki Van Dusen
as Girl on Plane
Irmgard Dawson
as Hostess on Plane
Robert B. Williams
as Detective Captain
Anton Kosta
as Vantucci
Paul Fierro
as Chops
William Yip
as Chinese Merchant
Alan Bridge
as Agent in Phone Booth
Al Bridge
as Agent in Phone Booth
Keefe Brasselle
as Cigar Attendant
Jerry Jerome
as Dice Player
Bernie Sell
as Dice Player
Ralph Brooks
as Dice Player
John Ardell
as Dice Player
Sandra Gould
as Girl at Phone
Cuca Martinez
as Dancer in Club
Salvadore Barroga
as Housekeeper
Tom McGuire
as Couple at Car
Mira McKinney
as Couple at Car
Frank Ferguson
as Secret Service Man
Cecil Weston
as Woman Proprietor
Frank Hyers
as Ollie
George Carleton
as Morgue Attendant
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Critic Reviews for T-Men

All Critics (7)

Anthony Mann's technique is Huston's but sharpened into the hardest noir edge

Full Review… | September 22, 2014

Hard as nails Anthony Mann noir classic starring Dennis O'Keefe and June Lockhart.

March 6, 2008

Visually brilliant, powerful thriller.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

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.

Full Review… | May 1, 2006
Slant Magazine

Brought to wider attention the immense skills of B-film director Anthony Mann.

Full Review… | March 21, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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June 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for T-Men


Sometimes it's better not to know too much. A counterfeit ring has done an outstanding job of keeping their printing presses with fresh equipment to thwart the FBI. The FBI hires two agents to work undercover, hopefully infiltrate the ring, and bring down the men responsible. The men's lives are at constant risk...and they have difficulty earning the trust of the ranks of the gang. "I told them nothing at all. The police I no like." Anthony Mann, director of El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Cimarron, The Far Country, Serenade, and Thunder Bay, delivers T-Men. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward with interesting characters and circumstances. The acting is solid and the characters are portrayed well. The cast includes Dennis O'Keefe, Mary Meade, Alfred Ryder, June Lockhart, Charles McGraw, and Wallace Ford. "Once they get their hands on both of these we'd be dead pigeons." I came across this some time ago on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to DVR this classic gangster genre picture. This was an above average movie with an interesting set of circumstances and some surprising sequences. I surely recommend seeing this if you're a fan of the old-time classic gangster films. "You dirty fink..." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Docudrama thriller about a pair of treasury agents who go undercover to bring down a counterfeiting operation. The frequent intrusions for narration tend to disengage the audience and diffuse tension, although it does make T-Men quite easy to follow for those unused to the densely plotted nature of film noir. John Alton's cinematography is a thing of inky beauty, and the film's greatest strength.

Nik Evans
Nik Evans

How exciting, agents of the US treasury are on the case! Okay, I'm being sarcastic, this is a horribly boring movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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