ON DANGEROUS GROUND REVIEWED
“On Dangerouns Ground” finds Robert Ryan as a cop that can’t take it. He hates the cop killers and the whiners that complain about police brutality. After he busts a suspect’s bladder, the Chief sends Ryan upstate to solve a murder in a sleepy little town. The two people that Ryan first meets represent the duality of his nature. One is willing to sacrifice to save others, while the other wants to be isolated forever.
The trio work together to flip Film Noir conventions on its ear. Hell, this is a detective story where the lead detective never fires a gun. Critical thinking and analysis win the day here and the lead actress more than once steals the spotlight from Robert Ryan. This influence over the direction comes from lead actress/secret co-director Ida Lupino. Lupino had been making a name for herself behind the scenes and she helped step in to keep Nicholas Ray’s vision on track. The film is famous being shelved for two years due to RKO head Howard Hughes’ problems with the plot structure.
Honestly, the Spruce Goose creator was correct. Between Lupino directing the film for a few days and Hughes’ notes, what could’ve been a pedestrian story became something novel for the era. Check it out now!
- 1.37:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 Mono