T-Men (1947)


“Did you ever spend ten nights in a Turkish bath looking for a man? Don’t. ” – Dennis O’Brien

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two Treasury agents are sent undercover in order to try and stop a counterfeiting business that is working across the country.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew absolutely nothing about before watching and only chose to watch it due to its intriguing title.

The premise of the film is actually quite interesting but they fail to present things in a way that will be able to keep things enjoyable from start to finish.

The characters aren’t developed well enough which takes away so much from the film because we don’t care very much about what will eventually happen to the characters throughout the story.

This movie uses narration in a strange way that actually makes it seem much more annoying since they try too hard to make things feel as if they are being told in a documentary style which just doesn’t work well enough.

There are a few nice surprises thrown at us along the way which helps raise the stakes of everything happening here especially since it allows us to wonder how the various characters will react to things that happen along the way.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that just isn’t presented well at all. The characters aren’t developed well enough for us to care much about them or what will happen to them. The narration is done in quite an annoying way that takes way from the film since it tries too hard to make things seem as if they are being seen in a documentary style.  The film has a few nice surprises along the way that help to raise the stakes of things as we wait to see how the characters will react to such events that take them by surprise also.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The ship that “the boss” is on is the Don Anselmo (as seen on the bow). It was launched in 1945 as the MV Reeving Eye, a C1-M-AV1 type cargo ship for the U.S. Maritime Commisson for use in WWII. In 1946 it was sold to a private company and was Panamanian-flagged. After being sold and renamed a couple more times, it collided with a Ecuadorian naval patrol boat on August 30, 1971 and sank with the loss of 13 lives. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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