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Where Danger Lives (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 16 November 1950 (USA)
A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman, becomes involved in the death of her husband, and has to flee with her to the Mexican border.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Charles Bennett (screenplay), Leo Rosten (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Jeff Cameron
Faith Domergue ... Margo
Claude Rains ... Mr. Lannington
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Julie
Charles Kemper ... Police Chief
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Klauber
Billy House ... Mr. Bogardus
Harry Shannon ... Dr. Maynard
Philip Van Zandt ... Milo DeLong
Jack Kelly ... Dr. Mullenbach
Lillian West Lillian West ... Mrs. Bogardus
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Storyline

One night at the hospital, young doctor Jeff Cameron meets Margo, who's brought in after a suicide attempt. He quickly falls for her and they become romantically involved, but it turns out that Margo is married. At a confrontation, Margo's husband is killed and Jeff and Margo flee. Heading for Mexico, they try to outrun the law. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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She's tempting in a penthouse and dangerous in a bordertown dive! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Rose for Julie See more »

Filming Locations:

Palmdale, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After Robert Mitchum' s marijuana bust, Republican Pictures gave him work starring in several low-budget film noirs until the bad p.r. blew over. It did not seem to negatively affect his image, and might have helped it. See more »

Quotes

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Jeff Cameron: What about his father-in-law?
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Soundtracks

Pau Loke
(uncredited)
Music by Gene Rose and Roy Webb
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High Maintenance Psycho
19 May 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Where Danger Lives was supposed to launch Faith Domergue's career as yet another of Howard Hughes's discoveries. Beauty she had with a good dose of slink eyed attractiveness that stood her in good stead in her role in this film. In support Hughes gave her RKO's number one leading man, Robert Mitchum and a good cast in support.

Mitchum plays a doctor here who falls big time for Domergue the minute she gives him a come all glance. Problem is that she's slightly married to Claude Rains a rich older guy who's kind of used to her philandering, but not thrown in front of his face. Which is what she does with Mitchum and when Mitchum struggles with Rains he thinks that he's killed Rains. So Bob and Faith go on the run.

A respected doctor and society woman you wouldn't think are good candidates to be fugitives. But they do all right for themselves up to a point despite many people looking to take advantage of them. My favorite is Tol Avery as one bottom feeding used car salesman with a most annoying laugh.

They also do all right considering Domergue is not playing with a full deck, I think a whole suit of thirteen is missing from her 52. Add to that Mitchum has an untreated concussion which also slows them up a bit.

Where Danger Lives is a decent noir film from the studio that made noir a fashionable genre. Too bad Claude Rains had to be killed right away, any film is made better with his presence. Director John Farrow's wife Maureen O'Sullivan has a brief part as a good girl Mitchum deserts for Domergue. Of course if Faith gives you the come on few could resist.

According to the Lee Server biography of Robert Mitchum, the fall down a flight of stairs you see Mitchum do was really him and not a stuntman. Normally studios protect the high profile derrières of their stars, but when you've John Farrow directing who may have been the biggest directorial swine in Hollywood it's different. Farrow would challenge Mitchum's masculinity and that wasn't something Bob would back down from. But one take was definitely it.

Where Danger Lives is a nice one from Mitchum's RKO salad days.


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