I Live on Danger

I Live on Danger is a 1942 film noir thriller film directed by Sam White and starring Chester Morris and Jean Parker.

I Live on Danger
Directed bySam White
Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Screenplay byLewis R. Foster
Richard Murphy
Maxwell Shane
Story byLewis R. Foster
Alex Gottlieb
StarringChester Morris
Jean Parker
Music byFreddie Rich
CinematographyFred Jackman
Edited byWilliam H. Ziegler
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 16, 1942 (1942-06-16) (United States)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot summary

Jeff Morrell is an ambitious radio reporter. The news of the day is the prison release of gambler Eddie Nelson, who actually was the fallguy for a criminal named Joey Farr.

While exclusively covering a ship's fire, Jeff falls for Susan Richards, but knows her to be Eddie's companion. It turns out she's Eddie's sister, not his girl, but Susan resents it when Jeff's reporting gets Eddie arrested and convicted on a new charge.

District Attorney Lamber is in cahoots with the crooks. Farr tries to flee, but is tracked to a Pennsylvania coal mine. Jeff gets there first and manages to broadcast Farr's confession, then barely get away when Farr sets off a blast of TNT. Susan loves Jeff for heroically rescuing her brother.



The film was based on a story called I'll Be Back in a Flash by Alex Gottleib.[1] He sold it to Pine Thomas Productions in August 1941. They bought it as the second in a three picture deal Chester Morris had with Pine-Thomas Productions.[2][3] Lewis Foster was assigned to write the script.[4]

Morris' 38 year old brother Arthur was meant to play a role in the film but died shortly before filming of a brain haemorrhage.[5]

Jean Parker signed to make the film as the first in a three-picture deal she had with Pine Thomas.[6]

Filming took place in December 1941. Anna Q. Nilsson had her first role in 13 years.[7]


The Los Angeles Times called it "a pretty good B".[8]

The New York Times said the film showed "very little than what we have already seen."[9]


  1. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 21 Nov 1941: 23.
  2. I Live on Danger Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 9, Iss. 97, (Jan 1, 1942): 87.
  3. Correspondent Tells Why Movie-Going Lags Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 7 Aug 1941: A10.
  4. Of Local Origin New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. 9 Aug 1941: 9.
  5. Obituary 7 -- No Title Chicago Daily Tribune 1 Dec 1941: 20.
  6. War Stories Proceed Despite Eastern Quiz Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 22 Sep 1941: 11.
  7. Rubinstein Will Return for Concert Los Angeles Times 29 Mar 1942: C4.
  8. Berlin Musical Cinema Pleasant Divertisement Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times28 Aug 1942: A10.
  9. 'I Live on Danger,' With Chester Morris, at the Rialto New York Times 22 Aug 1942: 16.
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