Friday, September 30, 2016

Dangerous Mission (1954)

Director: Louis King

Writers: Horace McCoy, W.R. Burnett, Charles Bennett, James Edmiston

Composer: Roy Webb

Starring: Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, William Bendix, Vincent Price, Betta St. John, Harry Cheshire, Steve Darrell, Walter Reed, Marlo Dwyer, Dennis Weaver

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Avalanche of action!

Plot: A policeman tries to protect a young woman against a hit man, when she flees New York after witnessing a mob killing.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Man, it's just been one long string of mediocre movies I've been watching lately.  The thing is, there something about them that appeals to me enough to see them, which is usually the cast.  I like Mature a little bit but I LOVE Vincent Price, and he's playing a bad guy in this crime thriller.  This isn't nearly exciting as that great poster or the trailer.  Hell, a third of the trailer is taken from the last few minutes of the movie which is where all of the action and tension is.  The film does feature the best that fashion had to offer.  Price and Mature rocked their happening threads!

I can't recommend this even to fans of Price.  He's good (as always) but most of the movie's outdoor scenes are clearly shot on a soundstage which makes it look cheaper than it should.  When they do film outdoors, the location of Glacier National Park is gorgeous.  The climax in the snow is good as is Price's exit but there's so much ho-hum that comes before it that lessons the final act's impact.  I see that it was co-written by W.R. Burnett who also worked on CRASH DIVE (1943) which I wrote about yesterday, another mediocre film.

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