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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "The Bail Bonds Story" )


directed by Ted Tetzlaff
USA 1949


Vince Kane has an affinity for dangerous professions. Once he was a cop. Now he’s making a lot more dough but facing just as much trouble as a bail bondsman. His latest client, charged with securities robbery, can’t make his $25,000 bail. The client’s seductive wife comes up with four grand, a mysterious lawyer adds twelve more, and Vince makes up the difference. Why? The wife was once Vince’s girl – and he still carries a torch that’s sure to burn him. Film tough-guy George Raft stars as Vince in a pared-to-the-sinews noir that follows deceit, desire and greed to their violent ends. Ella Raines is appropriately smoldering as Vince’s former love, Pat O’Brien plays is canny partner, and Jim Backus defends the thin blue line as an honest cop. Ted Tetzlaff directs, rounding out a year that also included his acclaimed thriller The Window.


Theatrical Release: 10 December 1949 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Film Noir Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:18:51

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.18 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: April 23rd, 2013
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Chapters 36





Ted Tetzlaff was a cinematographer for a number of Hollywood classics, including Hitchcock's Notorious and Clair's I Married a Witch, but in the late 1940's he started directing movies, directing three crime dramas in 1949 alone. The Window remains one of the best noir essentials and Johnny Allegro and A Dangerous Profession reviewed here are lesser efforts, both starring George Raft. A Dangerous Profession casts Raft as a bail bondsman, an ex-cop who gets hired by a mysterious old love interest played by Ella Raines to pay a bond for her husband. Pat O'Brien is his business partner and Jim Backus is a police lieutenant.

An RKO picture, the films gets a Warner Archive release as part of their Film Noir Archive Collection. The progressive print is decent, with some marks and specs, but contrast is good and overall presentation is high quality. The mono English soundtrack is fine with no damage. There are no extras presented on the disc and the film gets generous 36 chapters.

  - Gregory Meshman


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