T-Men (December 15, 1947)
Released on December 16, 1947: Two Treasury Department agents infiltrate a gang that is making fine quality counterfeit ten dollar bills.
Produced by Aubrey Schenck
Directed by Anthony Mann
Written by John C. Higgins and Virginia Kellogg
The Actors: Dennis O'Keefe (Dennis O'Brien), June Lockhart (Mary Bennett-Genaro), Mary Meade (Evangeline), Alfred Ryder (Tony Genaro), Wallace Ford (The Schemer), Charles McGraw (Moxie), John Ardell (dice player), Vivian Austin (Genevieve), Louis Bacigalupi (Boxcar), Jim Bannon (Agent Lindsay), Trevor Bardette (Rudy), Salvadore Barroga (housekeeper), Keefe Brasselle (the Ocean Park hotel desk clerk), Al Bridge (the agent in the phone booth), Ralph Brooks (dice player), George M. Carleton (morgue attendant), Curt Conway (Shorty the informant), Victor Cutler (Agent Newbitt), Irmgard Dawson (hostess on the plane), Frank Ferguson (Secret Service man), Paul Fierro (Chops), Sandra Gould (woman), Herbert Heyes (Chief Carson), Paul Hogan (man), Frank Hyers (Ollie), Elmer Lincoln Irey (himself, the prologue speaker), Jerry Jerome (dice player), Anton Kosta (Carlo Luigi), Lyle Latell (Gregg's driver), William Malten (Paul Miller), George M. Manning (man), Cuca Martinez (dancer in Club Trinidad), Tom McGuire (man), Mira McKinney (woman), John Newland (Jackson Lee), Jack Overman (Brownie), John Parrish (Harry), Jane Randolph (Diana Simpson), James Seay (Hardy the Treasury lab technician), Barnard Sell (dice player), Leslie Sketchley (big guy), Art Smith (Gregg), Ricki Van Dusen (girl on plane), Tito Vuolo (Pasquale, the hotel proprietor), John Wengraf ('Shiv' Triano), Cecil Weston (woman proprietor), Gayne Whitman (the narrator), Robert Williams (the Detective Captain), William Yip (the Chinese merchant)
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Let There Be Darkness . . .
John Alton began a career in motion pictures as a laboratory technician at MGM Studios in 1924, but soon became a cameraman, and he is widely regarded today as being the best noir cinematographer . . . Period.
He was not well-liked by the industry because of his perfectionist demands/requests of the director and the lighting staff, but he had a vision that was revolutionary.
He felt that the most important part of a good movie was not what was lit brightly, but what was not lit. He said, 'There is no doubt in my mind that the most beautiful music is sad, and the most beautiful photography is in a low-key, with rich blacks.'
For this gangster adventure he worked for the first time with director Anthony Mann, and together they would create a mood in this movie and following movies that would define noir.
Director Anthony Mann was a self-described non-genius worker – He didn’t pretend to have a genius vision for directing, but could work intelligently and get the story on film expertly.
When he saw the genius of cameraman John Alton, he didn’t need to prove that he had a better vision than John, and he worked intelligently to direct the scenes that John filmed with his genius interpretation of darkness and light.
This story about the U.S. Treasury Department in a search for gangsters who printed counterfeit ten dollar bills is a gritty, violent and realistic story about the dark side of crime. Two treasury agents go undercover and pretend to be gangsters in an attempt to infiltrate a counterfeit ring and unmask the boss of the operation.
The adventure begins in Detroit and moves quickly to Los Angeles. There are a couple of 'eye-candy' girls in the story including a young and gorgeous June Lockhart, but no love interest, and no romance at all in the story plot to moderate the hard-boiled violence of the 1940’s criminal gangs. Turn down the lights and pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter over it and enjoy the show.
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