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T-Men

This crisp 1948 thriller marked Anthony Mann's emergence from B-movie obscurity, setting him on the path to his great westerns of the 50s. Filmed in the pseudodocumentary style made popular by Louis de Rochemont, it's the story of two Treasury Department investigators who go underground to smash a counterfeiting ring. The phony realism isn't Mann's style, but he subverts it with some hallucinatory noir compositions and the strong suggestion that his hero (Dennis O'Keefe) has a much more satisfying life as a hood than he does as an upstanding husband. With June Lockhart, Charles McGraw, and Alfred Ryder; the cinematography is by the legendary virtuoso John Alton.

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