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Crossfire -- 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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Director:
Writers:
John Paxton (screenplay)
Richard Brooks (adapted from a novel by)
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Release Date:
22 July 1947 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sensational? No, it's dynamite! See more »
Plot:
A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(11 articles)
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A viewing treat See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Young ... Finlay

Robert Mitchum ... Keeley

Robert Ryan ... Montgomery

Gloria Grahame ... Ginny
Paul Kelly ... The Man
Sam Levene ... Samuels

Jacqueline White ... Mary Mitchell
Steve Brodie ... Floyd
George Cooper ... Mitchell
Richard Benedict ... Bill
Tom Keene ... Detective (as Richard Powers)
William Phipps ... Leroy

Lex Barker ... Harry
Marlo Dwyer ... Miss Lewis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Bray ... MP (uncredited)
Don Cadell ... MP (uncredited)
Carl Faulkner ... Deputy (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Tenant (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Major (uncredited)
George Meader ... Police surgeon (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Police sergeant (uncredited)
Bill Nind ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jay Norris ... MP (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Soldier (uncredited)
George Turner ... MP (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
John Paxton (screenplay)

Richard Brooks (adapted from a novel by)

Produced by
Adrian Scott .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Alfred Herman 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
John Sturtevant (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Levinson .... assistant director
Cliff Reid Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
John E. Tribby .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Willard Barth .... camera operator (uncredited)
Howard Schwartz .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Dore Schary .... presenter
William E. Watts .... dialogue director
C. Bidwell .... stand-in (uncredited)
Charles Cirillo .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin .... stand-in (uncredited)
B. Scott .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1998) (1999) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #12325)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Floyd and Finlay are arguing in Floyd's apartment, the boom operator is repeatedly reflected in the mirror.See more »
Quotes:
Police Captain Finlay:My grandfather was killed just because he was an Irish Catholic. Hating is always the same, always senseless. One day it kills Irish Catholics, the next day Jews, the next day Protestants, the next day Quakers. It's hard to stop. It can end up killing people who wear striped neckties.See more »
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Referenced in Trumbo (2007)See more »

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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A viewing treat, 19 July 2003
Author: Bruce Corneil from Melbourne, Australia

Definitely a "must see" for all fans of film noir.

Thanks to a fine script and crisp, razor sharp direction, a top cast comes together and works like a well oiled clock to produce a crackerjack psychological thriller. Wonderful characterizations articulate the movie's powerful message about the dangers of racial and religious intolerance.

It's difficult and almost unjust to single out any one, particular performance because there isn't a weak link in the entire company. But Robert Ryan as the hateful and violent white supremacist is truly spine chilling.

Making this film in the 1940s would have taken a lot of courage. Now,all these years later, at a time when contemporary movies are dominated by a ridiculous over abundance of foul language, bare breasts, crummy acting and deafening soundtracks, it's refreshing to get back to the basics of quality film making with a viewing treat like "Crossfire".

Another low budget gem from the Hollywood archives .

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