Film Noir Friday: Passkey to Danger [1946]


Welcome! The lobby of the Deranged L.A. Crimes theater is open! Grab a bucket of popcorn, some Milk Duds and a Coke and find a seat. Tonight’s feature is PASSKEY TO DANGER staring Kane Richmond and Stephanie Bachelor.

Enjoy the movie!

TCM says:

Perplexed by a new advertisement designed for his company by advertising man Tex Hanlon, New York fashion designer Malcolm Tauber asks Hanlon to explain how the ad, which contains little more than the words “The Three Springs,” represents his company’s product. Hanlon, however, reminds Tauber that their contract stipulates that the mystery can only be revealed in the final installment of the ad campaign. Gwen Hughes, Tauber’s assistant and Hanlon’s sweetheart, helped design the Three Springs ad, which consists of three pictured models, each wearing a different fashion, with captions reading “Palm Springs,” “Saratoga Springs” and “Colorado Springs.” While Gwen and Hanlon admire their creation, a threatening note is slipped under the door of Hanlon’s office, but Hanlon believes that it is a hoax. Just outside his office, Hanlon walks into the path of a mysterious woman named Renee Beauchamps, who asks for a job with his firm and tries to abscond with his portfolio.

4 thoughts on “Film Noir Friday: Passkey to Danger [1946]

  1. I’m loving these movies, not to mention your well written posts. I found your site because I was doing some research on Boos Cafeterias. I’ve always loved true crime stuff, so promptly started back at the beginning and have now reached the most recent post. I am on the e-mail list and will be looking forward to updates!

    • Molly –
      Thank you for your support of my blog. Historic crime is my passion and I’m pleased when other people enjoy it the tales. Regarding Boos Cafeterias, the photo that
      graces the Deranged L.A. Crimes homepage was taken outside of Boos Bros. Cafeteria c. 1930. I cropped it for my purpose, but the uncropped version, clearly
      showing cafeteria name painted on the building, can be found in the LA Public library’s photo collection online. Check it out! Best — Joan

        • It’s crazy, right? That’s one of the many things I love about doing research. I can pick up a piece of a puzzle
          and not have a place for it for months, sometimes longer, but when it fits it is gratifying. Suddenly there’s a
          context and other things begin to make sense. I’ve never gotten jaded about that feeling of discovery.

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