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Director  Robert Florey
Story by  Phyllis Bottome
Country  United States
6.7/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Duration  
Language  English
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Release date  November 14, 1945 (1945-11-14) (United States)
Based on  the novel  by Phyllis Bottome
Writer  Adele Comandini (screenplay), C. Graham Baker (screenplay), Phyllis Bottome (from a novel by)
Screenplay  Adele Comandini, C. Graham Baker
Cast  Faye Emerson (Hilda Fenchurch), Zachary Scott (Ronnie Mason), Richard Erdman (Bunkie Taylor (as Dick Erdman)), Rosemary DeCamp (Dr. Jane Silla), Bruce Bennett (Dr. Andrew Lang), Mona Freeman (Anne Fenchurch)
Similar movies  Focus, The Big Sleep, The Third Man, Double Indemnity, Out of the Past, The Postman Always Rings Twice
Tagline  High Explosive! HANDS OFF! She loves hard...She hates hard...She lives hard! She's the danger dame the boys couldn't tame!

Danger signal


Danger Signal is a 1945 film noir starring Faye Emerson and Zachary Scott. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Phyllis Bottome.

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Plot

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A mysterious artist - and psychopath - named Ronnie Mason, steals a dead woman's wedding ring and money and leaves a fake suicide note. The woman's husband, Thomas Turner, when questioned by the local police, believes his dead wife might have been seeing Mason behind his back. He also believes his wife was murdered, but in the absence of other evidence, the police list it as a suicide and drop the case.

Mason leaves town, changes his name to Marsh and, using a limp he acquired jumping from the dead woman's bedroom window and a veteran's pin he steals from a fellow passenger on the L.A. bus, passes himself off as a wounded soldier and rents a room in the house of public stenographer Hilda Fenchurch and her younger sister Anne. To the consternation of professor Andrew Lang, who secretly loves Hilda, she falls for Marsh.

The scheming Marsh learns that Anne might inherit a great deal of money, so he suddenly switches his affections toward her. Hilda is jealous and suspicious. She plots to lure Marsh to a beach house and poison him. She is unable to go through with it, but when Marsh runs off, he is surprised by Thomas Turner and plunges off a steep cliff to his death.

Cast

  • Faye Emerson as Hilda Fenchurch
  • Zachary Scott as Ronnie Mason
  • Richard Erdman as Bunkie Taylor (as Dick Erdman)
  • Rosemary DeCamp as Dr. Jane Silla
  • Bruce Bennett as Dr. Andrew Lang
  • Mona Freeman as Anne Fenchurch
  • John Ridgely as Thomas Turner
  • Mary Servoss as Mrs. Fenchurch
  • Joyce Compton as Kate
  • Virginia Sale as Mrs. Crockett
  • Reception

    Bosley Crowther, the film critic for The New York Times, panned the film and called it a "diluted little melodrama" in which the filmmakers resort to a car chase in order to relieve boredom.

    References

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