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directed by Robert Florey
USA 1941


An entertaining propaganda piece that is fitting for the wartime. This is a minor film for John Garfield, he is a far more capable actor than what this programmer allows him to do. [...]
Jane Graystone (Coleman) leaves a NYC office building where she works at the British Export and gets into a taxi, but instead of going to Grand Central Station she's being kidnapped. But the taxi gets into an accident and she's transported by ambulance to the hospital under the care of intern Dr. Mike Lewis (Garfield). Jane comes down with a temporary case of amnesia, and Lewis' boss, Dr. Murdoch, allows him to keep the case. When Jane recovers, she tells Lewis that a Nazi spy ring is after her because she's a British intelligence officer and knows the secret route of a convoy leaving from Halifax with wartime goods for the Brits. Lewis is skeptical, but says he'll call the FBI. Jane refuses and tells him that this is her chance to uncover the American Nazi spy ring, and that he should never leave her side while prepared to help. When a John Goodwin claims to be Jane's father and he brings along the noted psychiatrist Dr. Ingersoll (Massey) to help her recover her memory at home, Jane insists on having Lewis also there to take care of her. Lewis is thrilled at the offer because Ingersoll was his teacher, and feels he can still learn from the gifted shrink.

The Goodwin estate is isolated in the suburbs, and is guarded like a prison. Or as Jane says, it's like a concentration camp. Jane says they are both prisoners in danger and must find a way to escape. The butler Jarvis and the six gardeners are armed with guns, while the dour housekeeper Dawson never takes her eyes off them. They are not allowed to leave the grounds without an escort and the phones are manned by the Nazi operatives posing as operators. As the Nazi spy ring loses patience with Jane's phony amnesia story they force her to talk by giving her a truth serum injection. [...]

Excerpt of review from Dennis Schwartz for Ozus' World Movie Reviews located HERE


Theatrical Release: 24 December 1941 (USA)

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

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:16:27

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.47 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:
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DVD Release Date: June 10th, 2014
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Chapters 18





Here is another wartime propaganda film from Warner Bros. with a Nazi spy ring set in New York City. John Garfield would star in a far better picture on the same subject in 1943 for RKO, The Fallen Sparrow. Nancy Coleman would fight racketeers after the war in Monogram's Violence. Abraham Lincoln himself, Raymond Massey (Abe Lincoln in Illinois as the film's charming villain gives the film's most memorable performance.

The six films released by Warner Archive in June 2014 brings John Garfield's Warner oeuvre nearly completion with only The Sea Wolf and authorized release of They Made Me a Criminal missing in region 1 (his last film, He Ran All the Way is owned by MGM, so we hope it gets licensed for HD release).
The made-on-demand disc of Dangerously They Live from Warner Archive is culled from a new transfer and looks great. There are a few marks and specs, but they are never intrusive and contrast is well-balanced. The mono audio is decent and the film gets 18 chapters on the single-layered platter. There are no extras, not even a trailer.

  - Gregory Meshman


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