Danger Signal

Danger Signal is a 1945 film noir starring Faye Emerson and Zachary Scott. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Phyllis Bottome.

Danger Signal
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Florey
Produced byWilliam Jacobs
Screenplay by
Story byPhyllis Bottome
Based onthe novel
by Phyllis Bottome
Music byAdolph Deutsch
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Edited byFrank Magee
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 14, 1945 (1945-11-14) (United States)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,110,000[1]


A mysterious artist - and psychopath - named Ronnie Mason, steals a dead woman's wedding ring and money and leaves a fake suicide note. The woman's husband, Thomas Turner, when questioned by the local police, believes his dead wife might have been seeing Mason behind his back. He also believes his wife was murdered, but in the absence of other evidence, the police list it as a suicide and drop the case.

Mason leaves town, changes his name to Marsh and, using a limp he acquired jumping from the dead woman's bedroom window and a veteran's pin he steals from a fellow passenger on the L.A. bus, passes himself off as a wounded soldier and rents a room in the house of public stenographer Hilda Fenchurch and her younger sister Anne. To the consternation of professor Andrew Lang, who secretly loves Hilda, she falls for Marsh.

The scheming Marsh learns that Anne might inherit a great deal of money, so he suddenly switches his affections toward her. Hilda is jealous and suspicious. She plots to lure Marsh to a beach house and poison him. She is unable to go through with it, but when Marsh runs off, he is surprised by Thomas Turner and plunges off a steep cliff to his death.



Bosley Crowther, the film critic for The New York Times, panned the film and called it a "diluted little melodrama" in which the filmmakers resort to a car chase in order to relieve boredom.[2]

Box Office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $689,000 domestically and $421,000 foreign.[1]


  1. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 26 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times, film review, November 22, 1945. Last accessed: February 8, 2010.
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