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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 »
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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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(9 articles)
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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)
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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:
Edward Dmytryk opted to use a noir lighting style because of its inexpensiveness and the fact that it was very quick to set up. This explains why the film only took 20 days to shoot.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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.
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Murder and Prejudice, 24 September 2013
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Post WWII, Police Captain Finlay (Robert Young) investigates the murder of the Jewish Joseph "Sammy" Samuels (Sam Levene) in his apartment after a beating with his team. Out of the blue, soldier Montgomery "Monty" (Robert Ryan) comes to the apartment and tells that three soldiers – Corporal Arthur "Mitch" Mitchell (George Cooper), soldier Floyd Bowers (Steve Brodie) and himself – had been in the apartment drinking with Sammy, and Mitch would have been the last one to leave the place. Finlay finds Mitch's wallet on the couch and he becomes the prime suspect.

Finlay visits Sergeant Peter Keeley (Robert Mitchum) and he tells that his friend Mitch is a sensitive artist incapable to kill a man. Keeley decides to investigate the case to protect and clear the name of his friend. When Keeley discuss the evidences with Finlay, the captain concludes that Mitch did not have the motive to kill Sammy, who was a stranger that he met in a bar. Now Captain Finlay has another suspect and he decides to plot a scheme to expose the assassin.

"Crossfire" is a great film-noir, with top-notch director (Edward Dmytryk) and cast with three Roberts - Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and Robert Young; excellent story of murder and prejudice; magnificent screenplay that uses flashbacks to disclose and solve the mystery; and very impressive quotes. The theme – hatred against Jews – is unusual and this is the first time that I see a film-noir with this type of sordid story (and without the femme fatale). My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Rancor" ("Rancor")

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