Dead Men are Dangerous
Dead Men are Dangerous is a 1939 British crime film directed by Harold French and starring Robert Newton, Betty Lynne, John Warwick, and Peter Gawthorne. It was released in the U.S. as Dangerous Masquerade. Its plot concerns an unsuccessful writer who is wrongly accused of a murder.
|Dead Men are Dangerous|
|Directed by||Harold French|
|Produced by||Warwick Ward|
|Screenplay by||Victor Kendall |
Vernon J. Clancey
|Based on||novel Hidden by H.C. Armstrong|
|Music by||John Reynders (uncredited)|
|Edited by||E. Richards|
|Distributed by||Pathé Pictures International (UK)|
Penniless and debt ridden writer Aylmer Franklyn (Robert Newton) happens upon a dead man lying under the branch of a tree, apparently killed during a violent storm. Swapping clothes and identities with the corpse seems like a way out of his troubles, and Franklyn even attends his own inquest; but little does he know the man had a criminal history and he soon finds the police on his trail.
- Robert Newton – Aylmer Franklyn
- Betty Lynne – Nina
- John Warwick – Goddard
- Peter Gawthorne – Conray
- Merle Tottenham – Gladys
- John Turnbull – Inspector Roberts
- Aubrey Mallalieu – Coroner
- Kynaston Reeves – James T. Franklyn
- Winifred Oughton – Mrs Blagden
- Cyril Chamberlain – George Franklyn (uncredited)
- Charles Mortimer – Policeman (uncredited)
- John Salew – Tramp (uncredited)
- Anita Sharp-Bolster – Spinster Resident (uncredited)
In a contemporary review, The Leicester Daily Mercury found "Fast moving action, a goodly sequence of thrills, and some splendid acting by Robert Newton, characterises Dead Men are Dangerous, a film with a clever plot and a strong taste of the mysterious"; while more recently, Vintage 45 wrote, "No great acting to speak of and no real depth to the story but it’s fun to watch it all unfold. Don’t expect anything exceptional and you’ll probably like it."
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