Danger Signal (1945)

77 or 80 mins | Drama | 15 December 1945

Director:

Robert Florey

Producer:

William Jacobs

Cinematographer:

James Wong Howe

Editor:

Frank Magee

Production Designer:

Stanley Fleischer

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

An HR news item dated 26 Jun 1939 reports that Paramount first optioned Phyllis Bottome's novel as a vehicle for Patricia Morison but shelved the project when "the idea failed to jell into a screenplay." Henry Hathaway was to direct the Paramount adaptation, according to an undated Var item.. Warner Bros. later intended to star Bette Davis in a film based on the novel, according to contemporary sources, and John Wexley was assigned to write the screenplay. Press releases included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library announced that Dolores Moran was signed for the picture and that Mona Freeman replaced Ann Blyth when the latter suffered a broken back in a toboggan accident. According to modern sources, Vera Caspary contributed to the ... More Less

An HR news item dated 26 Jun 1939 reports that Paramount first optioned Phyllis Bottome's novel as a vehicle for Patricia Morison but shelved the project when "the idea failed to jell into a screenplay." Henry Hathaway was to direct the Paramount adaptation, according to an undated Var item.. Warner Bros. later intended to star Bette Davis in a film based on the novel, according to contemporary sources, and John Wexley was assigned to write the screenplay. Press releases included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library announced that Dolores Moran was signed for the picture and that Mona Freeman replaced Ann Blyth when the latter suffered a broken back in a toboggan accident. According to modern sources, Vera Caspary contributed to the screenplay. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Nov 1945.
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Daily Variety
14 Nov 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Nov 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jun 1939.
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Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 1940.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Nov 45
p. 3.
Los Angeles Examiner
17 Sep 1940.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Jul 45
p. 2555.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Nov 45
p. 2718.
New York Times
22 Nov 45
p. 39.
Variety
14 Nov 45
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Supv art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Dir spec eff
Spec eff
Spec optical eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Danger Signal by Phyllis Bottome (Boston, 1939).
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 December 1945
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 21 November 1945
Production Date:
late March--mid May 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 December 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13710
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77 or 80
Length(in feet):
7,004
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10762
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Alice Turner is found dead in her room, her landlady is stunned to learn that the man with whom Alice has been living is not her husband. Although Alice's death is ruled a suicide, Thomas Turner, her real husband, is convinced that she was murdered. Meanwhile, Ronnie Marsh, as the other man now calls himself, moves to another town and rents a room from Hilda Fenchurch, a stenographer, and her mother. The women eagerly await the return of Anne, Hilda's younger sister, who has been away. The charming Ronnie tells the Fenchurches that he is a struggling writer, and he and Hilda rapidly become friends. During a weekend away, for which Hilda is footing the bill, Ronnie presents her with the wedding ring he removed from Alice's dead finger. He tells her that the ring belonged to his mother and offers it to her as an engagement ring. Hilda's happiness is threatened after Anne returns home, however. Learning that Anne has inherited $25,000, Ronnie switches his interest to the younger woman and assuages her guilt by insisting that he has never been in love with Hilda. Meanwhile, Hilda has begun to think that Ronnie is not what he seems. She finds a gun in his room and then learns that he has taken Anne dancing. Ronnie dismisses her concerns and tricks her into writing a suicide note by pretending he needs help with a story. Hilda's suspicions are aroused again when Anne's old boyfriend, Bunkie Taylor, tells her that Anne and Ronnie have been dating regularly and that Ronnie has been paying for the dates with money he ... +


When Alice Turner is found dead in her room, her landlady is stunned to learn that the man with whom Alice has been living is not her husband. Although Alice's death is ruled a suicide, Thomas Turner, her real husband, is convinced that she was murdered. Meanwhile, Ronnie Marsh, as the other man now calls himself, moves to another town and rents a room from Hilda Fenchurch, a stenographer, and her mother. The women eagerly await the return of Anne, Hilda's younger sister, who has been away. The charming Ronnie tells the Fenchurches that he is a struggling writer, and he and Hilda rapidly become friends. During a weekend away, for which Hilda is footing the bill, Ronnie presents her with the wedding ring he removed from Alice's dead finger. He tells her that the ring belonged to his mother and offers it to her as an engagement ring. Hilda's happiness is threatened after Anne returns home, however. Learning that Anne has inherited $25,000, Ronnie switches his interest to the younger woman and assuages her guilt by insisting that he has never been in love with Hilda. Meanwhile, Hilda has begun to think that Ronnie is not what he seems. She finds a gun in his room and then learns that he has taken Anne dancing. Ronnie dismisses her concerns and tricks her into writing a suicide note by pretending he needs help with a story. Hilda's suspicions are aroused again when Anne's old boyfriend, Bunkie Taylor, tells her that Anne and Ronnie have been dating regularly and that Ronnie has been paying for the dates with money he earned from selling his stories. Furious, Hilda asks Ronnie to leave the house, but Ronnie responds that if he leaves, Anne will leave with him. For help, Hilda turns to one of her clients, psychiatrist Dr. Jane Silla, who meets with Ronnie and agrees that he is dangerous. Ronnie's plan to kill Hilda is interrupted when Dr. Andrew Lang, another of Hilda's clients, unexpectedly asks for Hilda's help in his laboratory one evening. There Hilda finds a test tube filled with the deadly botulism bacillus and steals it. Pretending to be Silla, Hilda invites Ronnie to the psychiatrist's beach house for dinner. When Lang tells Silla that he has discovered the missing test tube, the two rush to the beach house, hoping to prevent Hilda from committing murder. After dinner, Hilda tells Ronnie that she has poisoned him, and he becomes wildly agitated, but the two doctors arrive in time to reveal that the test tube was never opened. Exposed as a coward, Ronnie starts to leave, but Turner, who has tracked Ronnie, chases him until he dies in a fall. Later, Anne is reconciled with Bunkie, who has joined the Navy, and Lang finally gets up the nerve to invite Hilda to a concert. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Psychological


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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