MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 8,166 this week

Crossfire (1947)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  22 July 1947 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 4,300 users  
Reviews: 68 user | 48 critic

A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 05 Oct 2010
 
a list of 32 titles
created 27 Dec 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 31 Jan 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Crossfire" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Crossfire (1947)

Crossfire (1947) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Crossfire.
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Letter (1940)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane
The Glass Key (1942)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy
Impact (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott
Quicksand (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After borrowing $20 from his employer's cash register, an auto mechanic is plunged into a series of increasingly disastrous circumstances which rapidly spiral out of his control.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney, Barbara Bates
Whirlpool (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer
Jigsaw (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

New York Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy investigates a series of murders and uncovers an extremist group.

Director: Fletcher Markle
Stars: Franchot Tone, Jean Wallace, Myron McCormick
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Jimmy Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Thelma Jordon is in love with a jewel thief, Tony Laredo, and he persuades her to go live with her rich aunt, and steal her jewels. During the robbery, she shoots her formerly-rich aunt, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly
Nocturne (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Police detective Joe Warner investigates the shooting of womanizing composer Keith Vincent. Evidence points to suicide and that is the official verdict, but Joe doesn't buy it and ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: George Raft, Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Finlay
...
Keeley
...
Montgomery
...
Paul Kelly ...
The Man
Sam Levene ...
Samuels
...
Mary Mitchell
Steve Brodie ...
Floyd
George Cooper ...
Mitchell
Richard Benedict ...
Bill
Tom Keene ...
Detective (as Richard Powers)
William Phipps ...
Leroy
...
Harry
Marlo Dwyer ...
Miss Lewis
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

apartment | soldier | friend | murder | bar | See more »

Taglines:

Sensational? No, it's dynamite! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 July 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cradle of Fear  »

Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It has been suggested that one reason the film failed to win any Oscars was due to director Edward Dmytryk and producer Adrian Scott's refusal to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Even more, Dmytryk--a Canadian who had become an American citizen only a decade earlier--was one of the notorious anti-HUAC 'Hollywood Ten.' Indeed, subsequent to the HUAC hearings, both Dmytryk and Scott were blacklisted for political reasons and unable to work in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Watching the Detectives (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"The best years of our lives"turned film noir.
15 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

SPOILERS Not only does this movie boasts three Roberts,but it also possesses all that makes a film noir great:a murky sticky atmosphere, a fine supporting cast , a lot of characters we remember even if they appear on the screen barely fifteen minutes(Gloria Grahame and her husband for instance).The first scene sets the tone:a murder ;we can only see the shadows on the wall.

Edward Dmytryk,whose career would dismally end (the likes of "Shalako") ,was here at the height of his powers:he films his story with a stunning virtuosity and there are unforgettable moments:the scene in the Jew's apartment seen thru the eyes of the drunken soldier;the way the director films brilliant Robert Ryan ,using dizzying high and low angle shots.He's arguably the stand-out and his performance is really spooky;the conversation during which you can only see Ryan's face in a mirror;all these stairs which seem to be death traps.

It seems that these soldiers can only survive in the dark:in the nightclubs,in Grahame's seedy apartment,in a movie theater.They are just about at breaking point,as if they had come from hell to wind up in another one.But one should notice that ,at least in the first half of the movie,their camaraderie,their solidarity remain intact:brothers in arms indeed;the police are the enemy.

Robert Young's cop is a thousand miles above your usual detective routine:the scenarists achieves the feat of including his own story (actually his grandfather)in this murder mystery.He really pleads for the right to difference:today the Jews,tomorrow the hillbillies from Tennessee ,then the guys with striped ties...His words have a contemporary feel:it's because they don't know the Jews,the fags (check the novel)that some people use them as scapegoats.

Robert Ryan's portrayal is one of the most frightening of all the film noir genre.It's interesting to compare his part with the one he plays in Robert Wise's "odds against tomorrow"(1959).In both movies ,his character is a racist or anti-Semite;in both movies no explanation.Ryan was known for his very liberal ideas,what a clever actor he was!


33 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Disappointing take on anti-semitism tarmcgator
Robert... Robert... Robert...! ownerbluesky
Time for a remake! marianp1
Phobias and Sexual Themes abletonyallen
Was the 'man' a pimp? richsass
Film's title jimjoejohnmoore
Discuss Crossfire (1947) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?