Injecting atmosphere and detailed character development to an already very strong script by A.I. Bezzerides, Robert Ryan stars as Jim Wilson, a hardboiled-as-hardboiled-can-be New York detective sent upstate to investigate a murder. What Wilson happens upon, however, is far more complicated, as the murder-suspect Danny (Sumner Williams) is mentally ill, and Wilson is quickly paired with Walter Brent (Ward Bond), father of the murdered man. Further complicating matters is Wilson’s immediate enchantment with Mary (Ida Lupino), Danny’s sister who happens to be blind and saint-like. Wilson, sensing his own deliverance and rejuvenation, has a choice to make: help the clearly ailing Danny or succumb to the pressures of traditional justice. Although met with luke-warm critical and popular reception upon release, the film has since become widely considered “one of the loveliest of Nick Ray’s movies.”—Dave Kehr. (82 mins.)
PLEASE NOTE DATE & TIME CHANGES — SCREENINGS ORIGINALLY ON MAY 15 & 17, NOW RESCHEDULED TO MAY 24 & 25. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS CAUSES.
ON DANGEROUS GROUND screens Sunday, May 24 at 2pm and Monday, May 25 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The program is being presented as part of our Bigger Than Life: The Films of Nicholas Ray series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.