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Crossroads (1942)

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

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David Talbot aka Jean Pelletier
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Lucienne Talbot
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Michelle Allaine
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Henri Sarrou
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Madame Pelletier
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Dr. Andre Tessier
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Dr. Alex Dubroc
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Prosecuting Attorney
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Diplomat is blackmailed for crimes he committed before he had amnesia.

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Encrucijada  »

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$846,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »

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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 »


Soundtracks

Auprès de ma blonde
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Played during the opening scene
Whistled by the night watchman
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a mystery wrapped in an enigma
10 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

William Powell is a rising diplomat whose past may - or may not - have come back to haunt him in "Crossroads," also starring Hedy Lamarr, Basil Rathbone, and Claire Trevor. Powell plays David Talbot, a successful man with the French government, who is happily married to Lucienne (Lamarr) when he is accused of being a criminal named Jean Pelletier. He is blackmailed by the slimy Sarrou (Rathbone) and the flashy Michelle (Trevor). In fact, Talbot has amnesia and doesn't remember anything before the last 13 years. Is he Pelletier or isn't he?

This is an interesting story with a huge hole in it, but nevertheless, the cast is talented and the story intriguing enough to keep the viewer interested. Powell is excellent in a serious role, which by this time had become somewhat unusual for him, and Lamarr is lovely as his wife and looks beautiful. No surprise there. Rathbone and Trevor make a neat pair of crooks.

"Crossroads" makes for fun watching. Just don't think about it too much.


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