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on August 11, 2010
T-Men stands for "Treasury Men" potrayed by Dennis O'Keefe and Alfred Ryder who take the difficult assignment of infiltrating a vicious counterfeiting ring and trying to find the unknown boss and the high quality paper being used to make the almost undetectable fake bills. The two agents succeed in joining the San Francisco conterfeiting gang by first joining a detroit gang, then moving west using two high quality money plates to get in with the counterfeiters. The T-men know that the printing expert employed by the counterfeiters could spot the source of the money plates, and expose them as agents putting them in constant danger. The married agent accidentally runs into his wife and her best freind while he is with a gang member, and his wife's freind blows his cover with tragic results. He protects the other agent's cover with his last words, and the other agent goes on to uncover the counterfeiter's secret printing shop on a ship where the treasury forces and counterfeiters have a big shoot-out.
The movie is directed by Anthony Mann who knows how to direct good film noir. The print quality and sound are both quite good. There is plenty of stark lighting and off-kilter camera angles like I expect in film noir movies. The bad guys are tough and the action is gripping ! I give this one an A- or at least a B+ !Gangsters Guns & Floozies Crime Collection: T-Men
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on March 11, 2012
Plot: T-Men aka Treasury Agents infitrate the coast to coast counterfeiting gang.

BASED on a real event~ Dennis O'Keefe and Alfred Ryder are two "T Men" who are Treasury agents~they study and make two perfect GANG IDS and become part of the Detroit arm of a counterfeiting gang. Soon O'Keefe is sent to LA to ferrit out the GO BETWEEN who is also a hypocondric and they trail him to the second arm of the mob~ This moves along pretty well~ O'Keefe is first rate at the head of the T-Men ~ shot in docu style narrated by REED HADLEY~ ~ VERY GOOD PLOT~ but this orig negative was not the best and the end cut to DVD has us wondering what were they thinking when sometimes the actors heads are partially off screen~ this won an OSCAR FOR SOUND~ I GIVE THIS 4 OUT OF 5~ FOR lesser known Noir thriller~ worth the watch and a good twist plot~ ALSO SEE TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WITH DICK POWELL~ AND THE HOUSE ON NINETY SECOND STREET~

this was done with full cooperation of the Treasury Dept and we see what was then the "latest" crime detection techniques. also look for JUNE LOCKHART IN A BIT PART AS AN AGENTS WIFE~
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on April 23, 2015
The movie itself was okay, but the video quality was poor and very jumpy,which made it difficult to enjoy.
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on January 16, 2014
Directed by the great Anthony Mann, this semi-documentary rises far above the stilted voice-over of the set-up and settles down to a taut tale about US Treasury agents infiltrating a counterfeiting gang. Several brilliant scenes ratchet up the suspense, especially one of the gang cooking a fellow crook to death in a steam bath and another in which one of the T-Men has to stand by and watch his partner murdered. Excellent performances, notably Dennis O'Keefe, Alfred Ryder, Wallace Ford and the incomparable Charles McGraw. A must for the noir collector.
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on April 18, 2005
People often never ask me "What film would be a good starting point if I wanted to learn about film noir?", but if they did ask me one of the films at the top of my list would be T-MEN. A lot of noirs have all kinds of crazy twists and double-crosses and triple-crosses and it's sometime hard to follow, but T-MEN is very straightforward and enjoyable, not to mention the amazing cinematography by John (RAW DEAL, THE BIG COMBO) Alton who had one of the best quotes ever by a cinematographer: "It's not what you light - it's what you don't light."

Anyway, the story is told in a semi-documentary style complete with a narrator. There's a counterfeiting gang run out of Los Angeles that the Treasury Department has been after for awhile, but the only lead they have is there's a connection with another gang in Detroit, so they send two T-men undercover to infiltrate the gang and see what they can find out. That's all you really need to know. I've seen the film a number of times and still I get really into the story, especially the first half where they are working their way into the gang's confidence.

The direction by Anthony Mann is great as is the acting by everybody involved. The main T-man is played by Dennis O'Keefe who's definitely not a household name, but I've always found his career to be fascinating. As far as I can tell there's never been a book written about him, but I've noticed him quite playing a bit parts in various movies, so I found out who he was, looked him up and he's (according to IMDb) been in over 253 movies and TV shows!!! Usually just as a bit part or an extra but still he's been in a ton of films including DUCK SOUP, I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG, SCARFACE, LIBELED LADY and even his own TV show that only last 18 episodes! Anyway I just thought that was interesting, because nowadays only the biggest of movie nerds would even know who he was.

Back to T-MEN, one of my favorite scenes has this one guy talking tough right before they kill him, they shoot him and as he's falling down he gasps, full of venom, "You...sucker!" What a badass! LOL. Great movie and worthy of earning a spot in your movie collection.

Another plus for T-MEN is Jack Overman actually gets some respectable screen time. Good for him!
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on March 24, 2006
Not all Film Noir is sinister, negative, or about gangsters. Some of it is about detectives and undercover cops, and is very heroic. What I like best about it are the low-key lighting effects and extreme camera angles, the grittiness and heightened drama and action, as well as the effects designed to create a mood of mystery, like fog. How could you not create a great suspense thriller in a setting like that?

For this genre, one of the finest directors was Anthony Mann, and one of the most interesting actors was Dennis O'Keefe. Their pairing in T-MEN and RAW DEAL delivers two of the best examples of Film Noir, though not nearly as well known as films like The Big Sleep and Double Indemnity. Mann was a top-notch director who went on to direct Jimmy Stewart in such westerns as Winchester '73, Bend of the River, The Far Country, and The Man From Laramie; as well as sand and sandal epics, like El Cid and Fall of the Roman Empire.

O'Keefe was a top-notch actor who did a decade of extra work at the beginning of the sound era, before he was discovered and recommended as a leading man by Clark Gable. After that he starred in a variety of comedies and dramas in the 40's and 50's. He also worked for the fledgling medium of television, making guest appearances on such shows as Robert Montgomery Presents, Studio One, and Lux Video Theatre; as well as starring in his own TV show in 1959. He's a very likable actor, even when he plays a convict.

In T-MEN, O'Keefe and a fellow treasury detective go undercover and risk their lives to break up a counterfeiting ring. In RAW DEAL, O'Keefe plays a wrongly convicted felon who escapes from prison looking for revenge, kidnaps his lawyer's secretary who has been visiting him in prison, and is ultimately redeemed by her from his course of self-destruction. There is actually a double-redemption in RAW DEAL that gives it a nice twist.

About the cinematography: John Alton gives a visual look to these two films that can only be described as powerful. In RAW DEAL, the scene on the boat with the clock in the background will never be forgotten by anyone who has seen it. The scenes in the steam baths in T-MEN, and the fight scene in the backroom of the beachside shop in RAW DEAL are also memorable.

Waitsel Smith
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on September 27, 2015
Terrific film. Watch it alone for the photography. John Alton master director of photography at work here with camera setups and stark lighting that are to die for. On location photography is also great. The lighting like superb black and white paintings. Every frame a masterpiece. Deep focus photography. Great post war tough guy actors directed by master director Anthony Mann. Highly recommended.
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on April 22, 2014
This is not truly the original Film Noir film but it represents everything that was good and original about the genre. All the classic lines and reactions without seeming cheesy. Great character development. And the planning and play out of the scheme shows all those James Bond, Mission Impossible movies where they got their "show the audience how well we have planned this out" presentation. A great buy!
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on June 25, 2007
Filmed in pseudo-documentary fashion, this nail-biting underworld drama was a box-office smash in 1947 for fledgling director Anthony Mann, who immediately signed to MGM with now-legendary cinematographer John Alton. Exploring the grey area between sanctioned undercover work and out-of-control criminal behavior, "T-Men" plunges deep into the shadowy world of the thug's life, with a serpentine plot and gritty, lock-jawed performances from the B-movie cast. Aside from its rough-hewn realism, Mann's film is a triumph of stylish production design and Alton's brilliant chiaroscuro visuals. Capped by a steam-bath murder that will snatch your breath away, "T-Men" is a crackling tale of claustrophobic tension.
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on August 1, 2016
One of the best underrated films of all time,Dennis O'Keefe best work.also a great supporting cast.don't miss this one.do
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