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

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In His First Dramatic Role In Years See more »


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Release Date:

July 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Encrucijada  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Reginald Owen (Concierge), George Davis (Clerk) and Grace Hayle (Patient) are in studio records for those roles, but they were not seen in the film. 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 »


Referenced in Ed Wood (1994) See more »


'Til You Return
(1942) (uncredited)
(Published as "Till You Return")
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Claire Trevor (uncredited) at the nightclub (probably dubbed)
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Mysterious Mystery
2 April 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

I don't think that's redundant. Think of how many mysteries in which the culprit/villain/murderer is known from the beginning of the film (for instance, "Sleuth"). Those are 'cat-and-mouse' stories, and it's a matter of time before the perp is found out.

"Crossroads", however, remains mysterious until the very end, and the mystery deepens as the film unfolds. William Powell, at his urbane best, is the amnesia victim who may or may not have been a criminal before his accident. Hedy LaMarr is his devoted wife and is gorgeous but with little else to do. Basil Rathbone is in one of his patented Loathsome Villain roles and gives the picture the rating I gave it.

The picture is extremely well written and holds the interest throughout its 84 minutes, which in this case fly by - no chance to check your watch in this one. Don't know if it was an 'A' or a 'B' at the time, but "Crossroads" is one of the best unheralded movies ever made.

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