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Criss Cross (1949)

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An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen McNally ...
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Orchestra Leader
Tom Pedi ...
Percy Helton ...
Griff Barnett ...
Meg Randall ...
Slade Thompson
Joan Miller ...
The Lush
Edna Holland ...
Mrs. Thompson (as Edna M. Holland)
Marc Krah ...


Romantic, obsessive Steve Thompson is drawn back to L.A. to make another try for Anna, his former wife. However, Anna belongs now to the L.A. underworld. Steve believes he can rescue her, ignoring the advice and warnings of people who would try to save him. He commits himself to a dangerous course of action that quickly takes everyone somewhere unintended. Written by <>

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Release Date:

17 June 1949 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Gewagtes Alibi  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Yvonne de Carlo is tooling at a piano as Burt Lancaster sits near her. She is playing, "I'll Remember April," which debuted in the 1942 Abbott and Costello comedy, "Ride 'Em Cowboy," and was sung by Dick Foran. Both were Universal Movies. See more »


In the hospital room, Pete tells Steve that Slim will send a gunman through the door to his room. The next shot of the door shows it is closed. In the following shots, without Pete going near it or anyone coming in, the door is open. See more »


Steve Thompson: She's all right, she's just young.
Mrs. Thompson: Huh! Some ways, she knows more than Einstein.
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I'll Remember April
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Atmospheric but shakily plotted Noir
12 October 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

As usual in a movie directed by Robert Siodmark there are striking compositions and some really tense moments in this sombre tale of cross, double-cross and revenge in a botched armored car robbery.Some convincing location scenes give us an authentic look at 1940's Los Angeles.

Burt Lancaster more or less reprises his role in THE KILLERS as an honest guy led astray by a beautiful woman. Yvonne DeCarlo doesn't quite hack it as the femme fatale but Siodmark makes the most of her looks and there is a well edited sequence of her dancing in a night club. (An un-billed Tony Curtis is her partner).Minor characters, the hoods, bartenders etc are well cast and there are good performances by those two stalwarts of 1940's movies Stephen Mcnally and Dan Duryea.

The story line is rather ragged and there are a few plot loop holes but the action when it comes is well handled.

Doesn't rank with THE KILLERS but it's an interesting look at a heist movie before they became cliches. You can see harbingers of future similar movies like THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, THE KILLING, RIFIFI etc.

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