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Crack-Up (1946)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  6 September 1946 (USA)
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Art curator George Steele experiences a train wreck...which never happened. Is he cracking up, or the victim of a plot?

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Dr. Lowell
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Dean Harens ...
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Damian O'Flynn ...
Museum Curator Stevenson
Erskine Sanford ...
Museum Director Barton
Mary Ware ...
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George Steele, art curator at a small museum, has an apparent mental breakdown one night, convinced he was in a train wreck...which never happened. In flashback, shortly after proposing to x-ray some old master paintings the museum has on loan, Steele is called on an unplanned nocturnal train trip. He suddenly sees another train ahead, speeding toward his... Is George indeed cracking up, or is there a plot to discredit him? The mystery grows murky with shadowy menace... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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One hour of mental darkness threatens a man's whole life...turns trust into suspicion...tender love into burning hate! (original print ad) See more »


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6 September 1946 (USA)  »

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Galveston  »

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The ship Pat O'Brien goes to is riding so high at the dock that it is obviously empty, even though it is due to sail at 1:00 a.m. with a cargo. See more »

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Terry Cordell: [Opening her car's passenger door] Come on. Get in.
George Steele: No thanks, I'll take a streetcar; I can trust streetcars.
[A policeman's whistle is heard and we see two cops running toward Steele. Steele jumps into the car, and they take off.]
George Steele: What's your racket girlie? Whattya do for a living?
Terry Cordell: I'm outta my head. I drive around in cars picking up psychopathic killers.
[softening]
Terry Cordell: Someone has to look after you. I was at a party at Reynolds'. Things began to come apart at the seams. I drove Traybin....
George Steele: [...]
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Noir lite
31 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A noir that came from the B unit, a good story passably told. Pat O'Brien plays his part very calmly and with great restraint - or is it that he's not much of an actor? Hard to tell. The women are also hard to figure, either by directorial choice or because they're not up to snuff either.

It really starts to drag towards the end, there's a bit with truth serum that adds nothing to the story except padding. There are also a couple of unintentionally funny bits where the luggish O'Brien suddenly springs to action and (his double) does stunts that are totally out of character.

A mildly entertaining 90 minutes of noir-ish style, has some very nice lighting effects and the train crash is well executed.


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