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Crossfire (1947)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  22 July 1947 (USA)
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A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?

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Homicide Capt. Finlay finds evidence that one or more of a group of demobilized soldiers is involved in the death of Joseph Samuels. In flashbacks, we see the night's events from different viewpoints as Sergeant Keeley investigates on his own, trying to clear his friend Mitchell, to whom circumstantial evidence points. Then the real, ugly motive for the killing begins to dawn on both Finlay and Keeley... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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22 July 1947 (USA)  »

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Cradle of Fear  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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The focus of the novel dealt with homophobia, but the subject was changed to anti-Semitism for the film. See more »

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As Keeley and Williams leave Bowers' apartment, crew are reflected in the mirror to the left of the door. See more »

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Police Captain Finlay: What kind of guys?
Montgomery: You know the kind. Played it safe during the war, keepin' themselves in civvies, nice apartments, swell dames... you know the kind.
Police Captain Finlay: I'm not sure that I do.
Montgomery: Some of 'em are named Samuels, some of 'em have funnier names.
[Montgomery leaves]
Keeley: He oughta look at a casualty list sometime. There's a lot of funny names there, too.
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Fascinating Noir with a dynamite cast.
24 July 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Crossfire' is a very interesting movie. It begins like a murder mystery, but it becomes obvious very quickly who the murderer is, and the plot becomes more concerned with his motive. And it is his motive which makes the movie so interesting. 'Crossfire' is a "message" movie but it is also a cracking good drama, and that's what I enjoyed about it. Plus the cast is dynamite - Roberts Preston, Mitchum and Ryan, and the beautiful Gloria Grahame ('In A Lonely Place'). Mitchum doesn't have a big a role as you might expect (the movie was released the same year as 'Out Of The Past' in which he gives a much more substantial performance), but he's always great to watch, and Robert Ryan ('The Wild Bunch') steals the movie as a very nasty piece of work. I find many 1940s romance and comedy movies to be too corny for my taste, but the crime movies are much more to my liking. They are usually grittier and more realistic, and 'Crossfire' is a great example of this. Highly recommended.


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