Dan Duryea Edit Profile
In striped suit, bow tie, and straw hat. the Duryea of Scarlet Street (45, Fritz Lang) is a delicious villain. A sly man, he creeps up on malice as if it were a cat to catch, and is unable to prevent a giggle cracking his high-pitched voice: a door-to-door salesman just waiting for bored waves.
Duryea’s three films for Lang, his gunman in Winchester 73 (50, Anthony Mann), and his debut as cousin Leo in The Little Foxes (41, William Wyler) are his best work, but he was never dull, even when called on to be friendly: Ball of Fire (41, Howard Hawks); The Piide of the Yankees (42, Sam Wood); Sahara (43, Zoltán Forda); Man from Frisco (44, Robert Florey); None but the Lonely Heart (44, Clifford Odets); Mrs. Parkington (44, Tav Garnett); Hexing a pair of scissors in Ministry of Fear (44, Lang); The Woman in the Window (44, Lang); The Great Flamarion (45, Mann); Valley of Decision (45, Garnett); Along Came Jones (45, Stuart Heisler); Black Angel (47, Roy William Neill); Another Paii of the Forest (48, Michael Gordon); Criss Cross (48, Robert Siodmak); Too Late for Tears (49, Byron Ilaskin); One Way Street (50, Hugo Fregonese); Underworld Stonj (50, Cv Endfield); Thunder Bay (53, Mann); World for Ransom (54, Robert Aldrich); This Is My Love (54, Heisler); Silver Lode (54, Allan Dwan); Foxfre (55, Joseph Pevney); Storm Fear (56, Cornel Wilde); Battle Hymn (57, Douglas Sirk); The Burglar (57, Paul Wendkos); Walk a Tightrope (63, Frank Nesbitt); Taggart (64. R. G. Springsteen); The Flight of the Phoenix (65, Aldrich); and Stranger on the Run (67, Don Siegel).