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T-Men (1947)




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The moodily evocative docudrama T-Men stars Dennis O'Keefe as Dennis O'Brien, a treasury agent determined to bring a counterfeiting ring to justice. O'Brien and his partner Tony Genaro (Alfred Ryder) go undercover to gain the confidence of the ruthless Detroit mob responsible for the phony money. The plot, compelling though it is, takes second place to the film's stylish set pieces, superbly directed by Anthony Mann and brilliantly photographed by John Alton. Among the film's most famous moments is the scene in which two-bit hood Wallace Ford is bumped off in a steam bath by sadistic hood Charles McGraw, not to mention the harrowing vignette wherein O'Keefe, posing as a crook, must stand by silently as his partner Ryder is murdered. One of the finest examples of the film noir form, T-Men proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that a film didn't need to have a lush budget, brilliant Technicolor and Clark Gable to score a hit with postwar moviegoers.

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Dennis O'Keefe
as Dennis O'Brien/Vannie Harrigan
Mary Meade
as Evangeline
Alfred Ryder
as Tony Genaro/Tony Galvani
Wallace Ford
as Schemer
June Lockhart
as Tony's Wife
Art Smith
as Gregg
Herbert Heyes
as Chief Carson
Jack Overman
as Brownie
Jim Bannon
as Lindsay
William Malten
as Paul Miller
Reed Hadley
as Narrator
Vivian Austin
as Genevieve
John Newland
as Jackson Lee
Victor Cutler
as Snapbrim
Tito Vuolo
as Pasquale
Ricki Van Dusen
as Girl on Plane
Irmgard Dawson
as Hostess on Plane
Robert B. Williams
as Detective Captain
Anton Kosta
as Vantucci
William Yip
as Chinese Merchant
Alan Bridge
as Agent in Phone Booth
Al Bridge
as Agent in Phone Booth
Keefe Brasselle
as Cigar Attendant
Jerry Jerome
as Dice Player
Bernie Sell
as Dice Player
Ralph Brooks
as Dice Player
John Ardell
as Dice Player
Sandra Gould
as Girl at Phone
Cuca Martinez
as Dancer in Club
Salvadore Barroga
as Housekeeper
Tom McGuire
as Couple at Car
Mira McKinney
as Couple at Car
Frank Ferguson
as Secret Service Man
Cecil Weston
as Woman Proprietor
George Carleton
as Morgue Attendant
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Critic Reviews for T-Men

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Subtext is king in Anthony Mann's noirs, with engrossing, underlying social, political, and psychological traumas compensating for caricatural dialogue, monotonous performances, and plodding plot twists.

May 1, 2006

Tensely dramatic, it's the type of film that makes a person grip his seat, sometimes break Into cold sweat, but you'll leave happy that you've seen it and appreciative of the work of an unsung government agency.

August 16, 2021 | Full Review…

T-Men whips up no end of excitement and suspense in its fight to smash a counterfeiting ring.

July 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Anthony Mann's technique is Huston's but sharpened into the hardest noir edge

September 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Hard as nails Anthony Mann noir classic starring Dennis O'Keefe and June Lockhart.

March 6, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

Visually brilliant, powerful thriller.

August 9, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for T-Men

They don't make them like this anymore. A documentary style film, that uses the characters well and throws in some interesting beats along the way. Film Noir is by far my favourite genre, and it is a shame it has vanished into the void of modern filmmaking. The camera work here is inventive and the direction is top of the line. The studio was short lived and if you look at our current Hollywood system, the new streaming method will hurt some of the bigger studios. T-Men is one of the best films for that year, it was a film not caught up in the big Hollywood market and it serves this film well. The story feels real and thanks to the DP and Director we are rewarded with a stylish film with strong characters and story. A great film. 13/02/2019

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

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How exciting, agents of the US treasury are on the case! Okay, I'm being sarcastic, this is a horribly boring movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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