Crossroads (1942)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  July 1942 (USA)
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Diplomat is blackmailed for crimes he committed before he had amnesia.



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Complete credited cast:
David Talbot aka Jean Pelletier
Lucienne Talbot
Michelle Allaine
Henri Sarrou
Margaret Wycherly ...
Madame Pelletier
Felix Bressart ...
Dr. Andre Tessier
Sig Ruman ...
Dr. Alex Dubroc
Prosecuting Attorney
Philip Merivale ...


Diplomat is blackmailed for crimes he committed before he had amnesia.

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July 1942 (USA)  »

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Encrucijada  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The story includes reference to 1,000,000 Francs. Basic research shows the French Franc was worth about 25-1 against the USD, or about $40,000 - but is that a lot? The average house price in the US at that time was $4,100, and the average income was around $500. See more »


Although the story takes place in 1935, all of the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly in the 1942 mode, which was significantly different from 1935. See more »


Waltz in A flat major, Op. 39
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played on the piano by Lucienne
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Variations in the usual type casting of the characters
15 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Claire Trevor is my pick for interest in this, though William Powell is always engaging. He does well in a different sort of part for him, a man who has cause to doubt himself. But character shows true, not something you can hide with such close alliances as in his life and over time. He just does not have the criminal bent about him. But you begin to wonder as it goes along. The marriage is one of those society types, where it's always "darling" and other formalities, yet they demonstrate a solid bond. Good Hedy Lamarr vehicle for a deeper sort of character and inner attractiveness. It's not just the background and beauty here that make up her weight. But Claire Trevor has that intriguing woman thing down in this, doing both the refined veneer along with the bald adventuress well. Rathbone has a different role type also, having more of the nervous edginess, needing side coaching from the Trevor character. The old lady playing the fake mother is good also. As one said here, there is the formula element about the film, but there is depth of interest as well.

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