Dangerous Mission

Dangerous Mission is a 1954 Technicolor film noir thriller film[2] starring Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, Vincent Price, and William Bendix. The movie was produced by Irwin Allen, directed by Louis King, and released by RKO Radio Pictures.[3] It is remembered today largely for its use of 3-D film technology.

Dangeous Mission
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLouis King
Produced byIrwin Allen
Screenplay byCharles Bennett
W. R. Burnett
Horace McCoy
Story byJames Edmiston
Horace McCoy
StarringVictor Mature
Piper Laurie
Vincent Price
Music byRoy Webb
CinematographyWilliam E. Snyder
Edited byFrederic Knudtson
Gene Palmer
RKO Radio Pictures
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • March 6, 1954 (1954-03-06) (United States)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States


After a young woman, Louise Graham, witnesses the murder of a crime boss, she flees the city, deciding to hide out in Glacier National Park. She is followed by two men, Matt Hallett and Paul Adams, one of whom is a federal agent, who had sworn to protect her and bring her back as a witness, the other a ruthless killer, determined to murder her.



The film was also known as Glacier and Rangers of the North. Filming started July 1953.[4][5]

The film was set in Glacier National Park, Montana, and was largely filmed there.


Critical response

When the film was first released, film critic Bosley Crowther panned the film, writing, "Since our great national parks are open to virtually anyone who cares to visit them, there probably is no way of preventing their occasionally being exploited and abused. And that is most certainly what has happened to Glacier Park in the R.K.O. film, Dangerous Mission, which was plopped down flatly at the Holiday yesterday . . . a company of Hollywood people has the cheek to play a tale that hasn't the vitality or intelligence of a good comic-strip episode. It is a miserably dull and mixed-up fable about a hunt for a missing witness to a crime, with Vincent Price eventually emerging as some sort of villain, which is obvious all along."[6]

More recently, film critic Dennis Schwartz has also panned the film, writing, "An action movie made for 3D that starts off looking like a real corker but winds up looking as stale as month-old bread. Director Louis King (Frenchie/Green Grass of Wyoming) never steers it away from its awkwardness. Despite a fine cast (unfortunately they all give corpse-like performances), capable screenwriters Charles Bennett and W.R. Burnett, and veteran story writers Horace McCoy and James Edmiston, the film is at best bearable . . . William Bendix plays a blustery park ranger chief who knew Mature from their days as marines. His mission, in this film, is to put out a forest fire that has nothing to do with the plot, but looks swell on 3D. The film is noteworthy for the clumsy job Gene Palmer turned in as editor."[7]


  1. Of Local Origin New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 05 Mar 1954: 15.
  2. Laura's Miscellaneous Musings 9-28-12
  3. Dangerous Mission on IMDb
  4. Bill Bendix Resumes as Ranger; Rex Reason Gets New Pact and Name Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 18 July 1953: A7.
  5. U. S. PRODUCER SETS FILM DEAL IN ITALY: Arranges for Bonds in Dollars to Guarantee Production -Will Do 'Terrorist' in 3-D Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 July 1953: 14.
  6. Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times, film review, March 6, 1954. Last accessed: December 1, 2013.
  7. Schwartz, Dennis, "Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, August 10, 2007. Last accessed: December 1, 2013.
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