The Angry Hills starts well enough. It's 1941. Robert Mitchum plays Mike Morrison, an American Correspondent who has just arrived in Greece. The Nazis are preparing to take the country and Mike plans to be on the next plane out. A member of the Greek resistance presents Mike with a list of Nazi collaborators. He urges Mike to take the list to British Intelligence. Mike declines, saying he doesn’t want to get involved. Later, while out with a friend, Mike discovers the list in his jacket. Mike attempts to unload the list to another Greek agent, but Gestapo agents are already on Mike's tail. They force him to flee through the darkened back streets of Athens. Mike escapes by hitching a ride on a British convoy.
I usually warn folks when I’m going to spoil plot points, but in the case of Where Danger Lives, I don't think it matters. This is one of those films where the hero takes the entire movie to deduce what the audience figures out in the first ten minutes.
Like any good script, The Big Steal starts as late into the story as possible. Aboard an ocean liner that's just docked in Veracruz, Mexico, William Bendix bursts into Robert Mitchum's cabin holding a gun. He's after something he believes Mitchum stole. Mitchum says he doesn't have it. “You’ve got the wrong man,” Mitchum says. Bendix isn’t buying it. He moves to arrest Mitchum. Mitchum overpowers Bendix, knocking him out. Mitchum takes Bendix's gun and identification. The identification reads: Captain Vincent Blake of the US Army.
In Rachel and the Stranger, William Holden plays David Harvey. David is a pioneer farmer living with his young son Davey in the Ohio wilderness. David's wife Susan died the previous year, sinking him into depression. It's only after finding Davey using a page from one of his school books as a sail for a toy boat, that David resolves to find a new wife. Not for love, but because he knew how important it was to Susan that Davey not grow up "woodsy".