Dangerously They Live

Creaky spy melodrama in which Coleman, working for British intelligence, is abducted in New York by Nazi sympathisers intent on gaining access to a message she has memorised concerning the route to be taken by a big convoy. When the car crashes, she lands in hospital, and confides in a young intern (Garfield) after recovering from temporary amnesia. Garfield's doubts about her story are confirmed when the man she insists isn't her father (Olsen) summons a distinguished psychiatrist (Massey) under whom Garfield had once studied. Florey can't do much about the lumbering script or about Coleman's inept performance. But once the girl has been taken 'home' - a large, lonely mansion where she and Garfield (brought along to lull lingering suspicions) find themselves held prisoner while Massey and his Nazi cohorts do their dirty work - Florey seems more interested, bringing off some nice semi-Gothic atmospherics. The ending, alas, reverts to routine histrionics and heroics.

Release details

Duration: 77 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Florey
Screenwriter: Marion Parsonnet
Cast: John Garfield
Nancy Coleman
Raymond Massey
Moroni Olsen
Lee Patrick
Esther Dale
Christian Rub
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