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Dangerous Mission

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Dangerous Mission
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLouis King
Screenplay byCharles Bennett
W. R. Burnett
Horace McCoy
Story byJames Edmiston
Horace McCoy
Produced byIrwin Allen
StarringVictor Mature
Piper Laurie
Vincent Price
CinematographyWilliam E. Snyder
Edited byFrederic Knudtson
Gene Palmer
Music byRoy Webb
RKO Radio Pictures
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • March 6, 1954 (1954-03-06) (United States)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million[2]

Dangerous Mission is a 1954 American Technicolor thriller film[3] starring Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, Vincent Price and William Bendix. The film was produced by Irwin Allen, directed by Louis King and released by RKO Radio Pictures.[4] It is remembered today mainly for its use of 3-D film technology.

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Louise Graham witnesses the murder of a New York City crime boss and flees the East to hide out in Glacier National Park, on the Montana-Canadian border. She is trailed there by two men, Matt Hallett and Paul Adams, one of whom is a federal agent charged with protecting her, the other a ruthless New York hit man who's been paid to silence her.

A subplot involves a Blackfeet Indian girl, Mary Tiller, a brilliant award-winning scholar whose overriding worries center on her father, Katoonai, a fugitive from the White man's justice. However, Glacier Park's chief of rangers, Joe Parker, believes he is innocent. Mary has another problem. She's unknowingly fallen in love with the aforementioned hit man.

All plotlines weave their way to one of the park's snow-covered mountains, a dangerous terrain where two of these characters meet their fate.



The film was also known as Glacier and Rangers of the North. Filming began in July 1953.[5][6]

The film is set in Glacier National Park, Montana and was largely filmed there.


Critical response

In a contemporary review for The New York Times, critic Bosley Crowther called the film "unnatural, uninteresting and drab" and wrote: "Since our great national parks are open to virtually anyone who cares to visit them, there probably is no way of preventing their occasionally being exploited and abused. And that is most certainly what has happened to Glacier Park in the R. K. O. film ... [A] company of Hollywood people has the cheek to play a tale that hasn't the vitality or intelligence of a good comic-strip episode. It is a miserably dull and mixed-up fable about a hunt for a missing witness to a crime, with Vincent Price eventually emerging as some sort of villain, which is obvious all along."[7]

More recently, critic Dennis Schwartz has also reviewed the film negatively, writing: "An action movie made for 3D that starts off looking like a real corker but winds up looking as stale as month-old bread. Director Louis King (Frenchie/Green Grass of Wyoming) never steers it away from its awkwardness. Despite a fine cast (unfortunately they all give corpse-like performances), capable screenwriters Charles Bennett and W.R. Burnett, and veteran story writers Horace McCoy and James Edmiston, the film is at best bearable ... William Bendix plays a blustery park ranger chief who knew Mature from their days as marines. His mission, in this film, is to put out a forest fire that has nothing to do with the plot, but looks swell on 3D. The film is noteworthy for the clumsy job Gene Palmer turned in as editor."[8]


  1. ^ "Of Local Origin". The New York Times. Mar 5, 1954. p. 15.
  2. ^ "1954 Box Office Champs". Variety Weekly. January 5, 1955. p. 59. - figures are rentals in the US and Canada
  3. ^ Laura's Miscellaneous Musings 9-28-12
  4. ^ Dangerous Mission at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ Schallert, Edwin. (July 18, 1953). "Bill Bendix Resumes as Ranger; Rex Reason Gets New Pact and Name". Los Angeles Times. p. A7.
  6. ^ "U. S. PRODUCER SETS FILM DEAL IN ITALY: Arranges for Bonds in Dollars to Guarantee Production -Will Do 'Terrorist' in 3-D". The New York Times. July 20, 1953. p. 14.
  7. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1954-03-06). "The Screen in Review". The New York Times. p. 13.
  8. ^ Schwartz, Dennis, "Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, August 10, 2007. Last accessed: December 1, 2013.

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