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Criss Cross (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 June 1949 (France)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Esy Morales ...
Orchestra Leader
Tom Pedi ...
Vincent
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Frank
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Finchley
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Pop
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Helen
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Slade Thompson
Joan Miller ...
The Lush
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Mrs. Thompson (as Edna M. Holland)
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Walt
Marc Krah ...
Mort
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Storyline

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 <cantor@creative.net>

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"You always got what you wanted, Baby... Now you're gonna get him... for keeps..." See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

Lancaster's family home at 215 N Hill St was owned, designed and built by Octavius Morgan of the well-known architectural firm of Morgan & Walls. The six-flat building went up in 1906 and cost $12K. Morgan owned the two homes to the north too, Nos. 219 and 223. Running east west through the block, along side No. 223, is Lancaster Place. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Det. Lt. Pete Ramirez: I should have been a better friend. I shoulda stopped you. I shoulda grabbed you by the neck, I shoulda kicked your teeth in. I'm sorry Steve.
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Remember April
(uncredited)
Written by Gene de Paul and Don Raye
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My brief review of the film
17 January 2006 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

There are three things that stand out as being particularly good about this film - a superb Miklos Rosza score, great black and white photography, and an excellent supporting performance by Percy Helton as a knowledgeable bartender. Other than these aspects though, there is little else to make the film worth watching. It is too slowly paced, and has a dull plot in which a heist plan is meshed in with relationship drama. It is also rather nasty at times, and the flashback narration feels like a forced way of explaining events. Even so, there are still some well done sequences and a number of exciting moments in the final third of the film, which help bring it up to scratch. Overall, it is a pretty typical noir thriller - but with some interesting elements.


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