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On Dangerous Ground
Directed by Nicholas Ray • 1951 • United States
Starring Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond
When hardened big-city police detective Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) roughs up one too many suspects, he’s sent to the countryside to cool his heels and help search for the murderer of a small-town schoolgirl. Once there, he’s dogged by the girl’s father (Ward Bond), who wants to find—and shoot—the killer. But Jim finds much more than he expects when his investigation leads to a small cabin in the mountains and a kind-hearted blind woman (Ida Lupino, who also stepped in to direct several scenes when Nicholas Ray fell ill) who’s protecting her mentally handicapped brother—the murderer—in this drama of a man who seeks justice but finds redemption.