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Tight little thriller
on 27 September 2009
"T-Men" is presented as a docu-drama, complete with a stentorian narrative voice-over of the type associated with US TV dramas like "The Untouchables", "Dragnet" etc.
A pair of undercover Treasury Department agents (Dennis O`Keefe and Alfred Ryder) go undercover to infiltrate and bring to justice a violent counterfeiting ring. Although this is pretty much a gangster/ crime thriller, the photographic style, camera work and lighting lift it firmly into the world of film noir. The cinematographer on this production was John Alton who also worked on "The Big Combo"(1955) and "Raw Deal"(1948); it is full of text-book noir lighting effects. The drama is taut and absorbing, masterfully directed by Anthony Mann.
The picture quality is of a good standard throughought with only a few lines and blemishes here and there; sound is generally good and the original aspect ratio is retained.
This is an excellent little thriller which will be of interest to lovers of all crime genres and particularly lovers of film noir.