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Robert Ryan and Richard Brooks, the author of the novel 'The Brick Foxhole' which this film was based on, both served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II. Ryan asked Brooks if his book ever was accepted by Hollywood to consider him for the unsympathetic role of Montgomery. But another version of this story maintains that Ryan met Brooks in the library of Camp Pendleton, told him he was an actor who was determined to play the movie role of the villain, especially because, he insisted, 'I know that son of a bitch. No one knows him better than I do'. Two years later, outside the theater where Crossfire (1947) had just previewed, actor Ryan--who had indeed played the role he had once sought--asked writer Brooks, 'What do you think?' See more »
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Absolutely fantastic film that still holds up 57 years later!
I first saw CROSSFIRE as a 10-year-old kid in his favorite neighborhood theater in Philadelphia one hot Saturday afternoon. Did I understand it? No, not completely, but one message DID ring through clearly ... that of anti-Semitism, which was alive and well during those years following WWII. But, as I matured, I happened to catch it on not less than three additional occasions, and came out each time with a totally different perspective. Today, at age 67, and having been around the block a few times, I can safely say that there is no room for anti-Semitism today, nor was there in 1947. Of course, to love thy brother is THE way toward a more sensible coexistence... especially in times when the security of ALL is threatened. As for the performances in CROSSFIRE, you couldn't have in any better: Robert Mitchum was superb as a placid veteran in the company of Robert Ryan, who was dynamite as his psychotic counterpart who killed Sam Levene just because he was a Jew. Robert Montgomery did quite well as the detective trying to get to the bottom of an apparently senseless crime. This is TRUE film noire, in "glorious black and white," short, sweet, and very much to the point. GOD! I LOVE those films from the late-'40s and early-50s! Happy viewing everyone!
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