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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Release Date:

22 July 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cradle of Fear  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gloria Grahame later said that Ginny in this movie was her favorite role. See more »


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


Police Captain Finlay: The murderer's hate is like a gun. He had to be someone who could hate Samuels without knowing him. It had to be inside the killer.
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Powerful, well-made but a little overstated
11 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bigoted soldier kills a man for being Jewish and tries to pin it on a fellow soldier. Not as good as the novel it was based on ("The Brick Foxhole") in which it was a gay man who was killed...but Hollywood wouldn't touch that in 1947. That said, it's still a very good film. The anti-Semitism is handled very well, but it's hammered into the audience that bigotry is bad...well duh! But this was 1947. The picture is well-acted by the entire cast (especially Robert Young and Robert Ryan) and the tone is very it should be. Very atmospheric too. A deserved big hit in its day...well worth seeing.

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