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4.0 out of 5 stars A Superficial Noir, but Alan Ladd Makes an Entertaining Tough Guy.
"Appointment with Danger" begins like a typical post-war propaganda film in the guise of a thriller. A voiceover narration sings the praises of a law enforcement agency. In this case, we learn how big and efficient the US Postal Service is thanks to the dedication of "a great army of men and women". We're introduced to "the nation's oldest police force": postal...
Published on August 12, 2010 by mirasreviews

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3.0 out of 5 stars no subtitles
these movies should have subtitles because the people who like these movies are old so subtitles are a necessity. The quality is OK
Published on December 31, 2012 by Giuliano Fournier


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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Superficial Noir, but Alan Ladd Makes an Entertaining Tough Guy., August 12, 2010
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"Appointment with Danger" begins like a typical post-war propaganda film in the guise of a thriller. A voiceover narration sings the praises of a law enforcement agency. In this case, we learn how big and efficient the US Postal Service is thanks to the dedication of "a great army of men and women". We're introduced to "the nation's oldest police force": postal inspectors. Then we're whisked to Gary, Indiana where a postal inspector by the name of Henry Gruber has been murdered. The introduction would lead the audience to believe this is going to be a police procedural, but it's not. It sticks to narrative mode for the rest of the film. Another postal inspector, Al Goddard (Alan Ladd), has been sent to track down the nun, Sister Augustine (Phyllis Calvert), who saw Gruber's killers. Goddard is a hardened, cynical man who goes undercover to catch the murderers as they heist a mail truck carrying $1 million.

It's classified as "film noir", but "Appointment with Danger" is only superficially so. Al Goddard has lots of great, hardboiled lines. He doesn't get on well with people and trusts no one. "One way or another, everybody you meet is a pitch artist," he says. There are a couple of brutal scenes. And Goddard's ability to make the suspects think he's even more crooked than they are introduces an aspect of identity confusion. But Goddard is never confused or conflicted. "Appointment with Danger" doesn't take place in the noir universe. Nevertheless, Goddard's hard-boiled persona is a lot of fun, as is the film's conspicuous attempt to cast Ladd as a tough-guy sex symbol -love the shirtless squash game between Goddard and violent conspirator Joe Regas (Jack Webb). Regas' persistent paranoia about the nun is a disaster waiting to happen.

Sister Augustine, who thinks Goddard could be a nice man with a little practice, is too angelic in contrast to the cynical cop and cold-blooded criminals. Earl Boettiger (Paul Stewart), a hotelier who masterminds the heist seems almost too level-headed for the part. Between him, the too-precious nun, and Goddard's aloofness, the film has a flat tone that keeps it just shy of completely engaging the audience. Earl's mistress Dodie (Jan Sterling) is a counterpoint to that tone. She's not in many scenes, but she produces a terrific combination of vulnerability, resignation, and realpolitik when she confronts Goddard. "Appointment with Danger" could have been better if it had been willing to explore its character's bizarre behavior a little more, but it's still entertaining. The print on the Olive Films 2010 DVD is pretty good but no bonus features or subtitles.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Appointment With Danger, July 29, 2010
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A good movie. If you like Alan Ladd, you will like this movie.
It is not as good as, This Gun for Hire or The Blue Dahlia, but a good four star movie.
The picture quality is very good.
Postal Inspector (Alan Ladd) is assigned to investigate the murder of a fellow officer.
It is strange to see, Jack Webb and Harry Morgan as criminals after seeing them in the 1960's Dragnet.
Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of snappy dialogue and a lot of funny lines, July 6, 2011
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This 1950 film noir stars Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, and Paul Stewart. The plot is pretty hokey and the first few minutes of the film seem like an infomercial for the U.S. Post Office, but this film gets very entertaining very fast.

Two thugs murder a U.S. Postal Inspector and then dump his body. A nun (Calvert) inadvertently sees the thugs. Al Goddard (Ladd), another U.S. Postal Inspector, investigates the murder by first locating the nun. After he finds her, he tracks down one of the killers and subsequently infiltrates the killers' gang.

There is plenty of snappy dialogue and a lot of funny lines. Goddard is a hard and determined man and is accused by a fellow officer of being inhuman and without feelings. The fellow officer says to Goddard, "You don't know what a love affair is." Goddard replies, "It's what goes on between a man and a .45 that won't jam."

Ironically, this film stars Jack Webb and Harry Morgan as the killers. Just two years later, Webb would begin starring on television as Detective Joe Friday on Dragnet. And in the late 1960s, Webb would team with Morgan again when Dragnet returned to television - and they dressed in just the same style as they did in the 1950 film.

I saw this film for the first time last summer and I liked it so much that I saw it again this winter. If you like old movies, this is a good one, and if you don't, you may like it anyhow.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Appointment with Danger (1951) ... Alan Ladd ... Lewis Allen (Director) (2010)", February 7, 2011
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Paramount Pictures presents "APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER" (1951) (89 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Starring Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling, Jack Webb & Harry Morgan

Directed by Lewis Allen

Relentless postal inspector Al Goddard is sent to Gary, Indiana, when another officer is murdered. He must find the nun who witnessed the murder, then infiltrate the gang by convincing them he is a postal inspector gone bad. This is a great Alan Ladd crime drama with interesting support from Jack Webb & Harry Morgan as the villains!

Jack Webb and Harry Morgan (Sgt. Joe Friday and Officer Bill Gannon in a future life) are members of the gang. Webb's character is particularly vicious, and he kills Morgan with a pair of bronze baby shoes!

Appointment with Danger is a fast moving, entertaining, punch in the gut of a movie. In spite of its obscurity Appointment is a crime film of the first order. It's a textbook example of the visual aspects of the noir style.

BIOS:
1. Lewis Allen [Director]
Date of Birth: 25 December 1905 - Oakengates, Telford, Shropshire, UK
Date of Death: 3 May 2000, Santa Monica, California

2. Alan Ladd
Date of Birth: 3 September 1913 - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Date of Death: 29 January 1964 - Palm Springs, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 89 min on DVD ~ Paramount Pictures ~ (07/27/2010)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars no subtitles, December 31, 2012
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these movies should have subtitles because the people who like these movies are old so subtitles are a necessity. The quality is OK
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low key film noir, September 4, 2010
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An end of the scale Hollywood film noir that was a typical 50s response to television's impact & tighter productions. A pre-Dragnet style film that happens to have two future Dragnet actors in its cast: Jack Webb & Harry Morgan - now we know where Webb got the idea. Ladd is as good as always playing a tough guy with a soft streak; I don't know why more Ladd films are not available on DVD, he was an outstanding hero figure for the 40s & 50s without ever being abusive to women, unlike others like Cagney, Bogart and Robinson. Phyllis Calvert is super in a very pre-"Indiscreet" role.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film noir, June 8, 2014
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I first saw the movie on television January 1987 and found it great. Because they haven't played it since I decided to order it through Amazon for keeps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Action Film, June 1, 2014
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Alan Ladd in an action-packed story with some twists and turns. This is the sort of Noir that Ladd does very well. Can you imagine the leading lady is a nun...not a formula movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the crime fighters and the noir treatment, but enjoy the background scenes too, September 28, 2011
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"Appointment with Danger," released in 1951, showcased a small group of federal law enforcement officers, Postal Inspectors. Alan Ladd starred, but fans of police dramas will enjoy seeing Jack Webb and Harry Morgan performing together, prefiguring their partnership on the TV series "Dragnet," but with an unexpected role reversal. In this film noir, the two are the criminals.

As the U.S. Postal Service faces bankruptcy, the introductory scenes that show the U.S. Postal Service of 1950 are absorbing. Because nabbing the bad guys depends on the testimony of a nun, there are scenes of churches and convents that open a window of memory on the pre-Vatican II Catholic church. The respect given to Catholic sisters at that time comes through nicely in the film.

This is a relatively quiet crime film with a heist subplot, but without any car chase, exploding vehicles, or ghastly crime. How satisfying!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lamb Among Lions, October 12, 2014
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Gene Cisco "Moon Man" (Alameda, Ca United States) - See all my reviews
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I suspect this excellent 50s noir yarn was overlooked because of its yawning industrial documentary opening (to get federal approval) about the 'dangerous' world of the postal department. However, after a brief yawn or blink of eye, the homicide of a postal worker leads the responsible thugs on the chase to silence a nun(Phyllis Calvert),an innocent eyewitness to the homicide. Enters the focused postal inspector Al Goddard (Alan Ladd)who attempts to ferret the reason to the homicide. Playing the two thugs are a young Jack Webb and his sentimental psycho sidekick Harry Morgan. As things progress Goddard wiles his way into the den of thieves,(pretense as a corrupted inspector) headed by Paul Stewart, the mastermind with his mistress (Jan Sterling). She refers to herself as a "stenographer."By the time Goddard is deeply within this group he faces imminent danger of exposure as an impostor/thug or merely the target of pathologically sadistic Webb. Goddard cleverly embeds himself, skirting danger several times by deftly manipulating situations to his advantage and this is when the laughs begin, with several hilarious comments dropped by Goddard. Try this one: Paul Stewart strolls into the hotel cafeteria the following morning after warning Goddard of the dangers of being a fraud and asks the newspaper-reading Goddard, "How was the food?" Goddard lowering the newspaper says blandly,"As good as the company." When the gang moves forward on their caper/heist swallowing Goddard's reasons they decide to take in some handball at the gym. Stewart bows out but lets the beefier Jack Webb deliver some blows to Goddard (Ladd) casually. After a couple casual blows to Goddard while playing hand ball(fit, athletic here) Ladd cold-cocks Webb. The way he dumps ice on Webb from waist-high adding, "Yeah I hate to see him in such pain," is hilarious. This is a smart, hilarious battle of wits surpassing many film-noir films. Once Goddard's line is bought you are in for a wonderful ride showing you that a"This Gun For Hire"-caliber follow-up was no fluke, even without a tempting Veronica Lake. Phyllis Calvert plays a wonderful nun who almost talks loner Goddard back into the fold, telling him, "..without a little practice you could be almost human." At the finish, Goddard(Ladd) agrees. Dames, molls or nuns Ladd has a way around danger, not to be missed.
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