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Dense Plot, Some Classic Noirish Dialogue
George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Jim Backus, and good supporting cast really redeem this odd story. The plot is difficult to follow. Some of the lines are cornball noir. Pat O'Brien's riff on his 25 year career as a bail bondsman is classic fast talking O'Brien! A film worth watching, just to see how they can make it all work! George Raft seems wooden in many of his movies, yet he is still enjoyable to watch. He had something, I'm still trying to figure out just what "It" was, and I love watching his films.
George Raft is just great
How can you not like any of the George Raft movies? My dad met him when my dad was about 17 or 18 and a young tennis pro starting out at the Racquet Club in Palm Springs which he helped to name. Yes, I have a letter to prove it. He said Mr. Raft was very like the characters he played and a very generous and kind person. George Raft was so smooth and one of the most interesting characters in Hollywood. It is always a pleasure for me to see him in any movie.
A Dangerous Profession (1949)
Lines like, "You're still in love with the dame. Why don't you send her away? Let her bake it out in the sun." and "Forget it babe. (Love's)all burned outta me". Plenty of shots of men in fedoras in silhouette. Serious, smart women in trouble, and in love. A deep, sexy sax smouldering away in the background. By 1949, the year this moviewas released, these cliches were, well, cliche. Yet, 6 decades later, somehow, it still works. George Raft plays a bail bondsman and former cop, Vince Kane, who ends up shaking down his crooked boss and,yes, getting the girl in the end. Raft was a veteran of this sort of film, going all the way back to "Scarface" in 1932. It shows. His performance is easy, slick, smooth, just this side of jaded. Raft is part Bogey, part Sgt Joe Friday, and part Bugsy Siegel, real gangster and real friend of Raft's. Opposite Raft is Jim Backus, as a gum-snapping, street-smart detective. Mercifully it takes a while to realize that Sgt Nick Ferrone is played by the same Backus who would later play the rich buffoon, Mr Howell, of 'Gilligan's Island. "A Dangerous Profession" comes dangerously close to tired, cliched, bufoonery. But it is the black and white plaid coat of Lucy Brackett (veteran actress Ella Raines), the blackest black of her (red,red) lips, and the silvery shades in between: these save the film. If director Ted Tetlaff had used color instead of beautiful black and white, the film would become a parody of itself, a joke. Instead, it takes us back to a world that existed only in the dozens of detective films of the '30s and '40s. With a plot that is easy to follow, a cast that is fun to watch, and yes, plenty of cliches, this is a little gem best enjoyed on a cold, dark, rainy Sunday afternoon.