A DANGEROUS PROFESSION is a 1949 American film noir directed by Ted
Tetzlaff , written by
Warren Duff and Martin Rackin, and starring
George Raft ,
Ella Raines , and Pat O\'Brien . The supporting cast
Jim Backus .
* 1 Plot
* 2 Cast
* 3 Production
* 4 Reception
* 4.1 Box Office
* 4.2 Critical
* 5 References
* 6 External links
The story begins as Police Lt. Nick Ferrone (
Jim Backus ) explains
what bail bondsmen do and tells the viewers the setting is Los
Angeles, California . One such man is Vince Kane (George Raft), a
former police detective who worked with Ferrone. When one of his
customers, Claude Brackett (Bill Williams ), is murdered, Kane decides
to investigate. He has two reasons for investigating: the curiosity of
a former cop and it seems that he has fallen in love with Brackett's
widow Lucy, an old flame.
George Raft as Vince Kane
Ella Raines as Lucy Brackett
* Pat O\'Brien as Joe Farley
* Bill Williams as Claude Brackett
Jim Backus as Police Lt. Nick Ferrone
Roland Winters as Jerry McKay
* Betty Underwood as Elaine Storm
Robert Gist as Roy Collins, aka Max Gibney
* David Wolfe as Matthew Dawson
It was the fourth movie
George Raft made for RKO following World War
Johnny Angel , Nocturne and
Race Street .
The film was an original script by
Warren Duff and Martin Rackin
called The Bail Bond Story. It was originally sought by Humphrey
Bogart 's company. Later
Fred MacMurray optioned it for his company
but he allowed the option to expire.
Eventually the script was bought by RKO who got
George Raft to star.
Raft was meant to star in
The Big Steal but had been held up making
Hounded and so was replaced by Robert Mitchum; RKO gave him this film
instead. Pat O'Brien signed to co star and filming was pushed back
to enable O'Brien to appear in a stage production of What Price Glory?
directed by John Ford and so that Raft could go to Europe. Ted
Tetzlaff agreed to direct.
Filming started in May 1949.
Jean Wallace played the female lead but
was fired after four days. She was replaced by
Ella Raines , who was
flown out from England.
The film's title was changed to
A Dangerous Profession
A Dangerous Profession in September.
Pat O'Brien later called the film "a dog".
Raft's three previous films for RKO were profitable but this film
recorded a loss of $280,000.
The New York Times
The New York Times gave the film a mixed review, and wrote, "Laconic
and familiarly tough are the words for Raft's performance as the
torch-bearing bail bonds-man.
Ella Raines is decorative if little else
as the object of his affections; Pat O'Brien contributes a standard
portrayal as his hard business partner; James Backus is professional
as a tenacious detective lieutenant and Bill Williams is adequate in
the brief role of the embezzler. A Dangerous Profession, in short,
proves that the bail-bond business can be dangerous and that it also
can be the basis for an exceedingly ordinary adventure."
* ^ "A Dangerous Profession: Detail View". American Film Institute.
Retrieved May 13, 2014.
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* ^ Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland Los Angeles,
Calif. Nov 2, 1948: A6.
* ^ "A Dangerous Profession". Turner Classic Movies.
* ^ Albert Camus' 'Plague' Purchased for Tracy; Europe Luring
Fontaine Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923–Current File);
Los Angeles, Calif. Dec 23, 1948: 11.
* ^ MITCHUM IN LEAD OF 'THE BIG STEAL': RKO Moves Actor Into Role
Originally Given to Raft – Bank Tightens Loans By THOMAS F.
Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923–Current
file); New York, N.Y. Dec 23, 1948: 25
* ^ LeRoy to Test French Tutor for 'Paris' Role; Gail Page in
'Lucasta' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923–Current File);
Los Angeles, Calif. Feb 1, 1949: 17.
* ^ By THOMAS F BRADY
Special to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (March 4,
1949). PARAMOUNT PLANS 22 MOVIES IN YEAR. New York Times
(1923–Current File) Retrieved from
* ^ THEDA BARA MOVIE GOES TO COLUMBIA: De Sylva's 'The Great
Vampire' Will Be Distributed by Studio – 'Champion' Suit Ruling By
THOMAS F. BRADY
Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times
(1923–Current file) May 7, 1949: 10.
* ^ Of Local Origin New York Times (1923–Current file); New York,
N.Y. Sep 13, 1949: 37.
* ^ Aaker, Everett (2013). George Raft: The Films. McFarland. p.
* ^ Richard B. Jewell, Slow Fade to Black: The Decline of RKO Radio
Pictures, Uni of California, 2016
* ^ The New York times. Film review, "A Dangerous Profession, With
George Raft Playing a Bail Bondsman", December 12, 1949. Last
accessed: January 18, 2008.