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Criss Cross (1949)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  1949 (USA)
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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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Vincent
Percy Helton ...
Frank
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Finchley
Griff Barnett ...
Pop
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Helen
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Slade Thompson
Joan Miller ...
The Lush
Edna Holland ...
Mrs. Thompson (as Edna M. Holland)
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Walt
Marc Krah ...
Mort
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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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When you Double-Cross a Double-Crosser...IT'S A CRISS-CROSS! See more »


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1949 (USA)  »

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Gewagtes Alibi  »

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Trivia

Film debut of Vito Scotti. See more »

Goofs

In the hospital room, in the mirror off Stephen McNally's right shoulder, someone is moving about. Also, when the camera cuts back to him, he is positioned to permit the entire mirror to be visible. See more »

Quotes

Steve Thompson: She's all right, she's just young.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1988) See more »

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I'll Remember April
by Gene DePaul and Don Raye
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It's pretty good....
29 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

.....typical entry for the genre. Dumb hero guy gets tangled up w/ the wrong gal for the wrong reasons, mobsters are hanging around, and there is a heist that winds up blowing everything apart in their lives.

I liked how Lancaster played against type and was a 'sap' pretty much. Clearly DeCarlo was the one calling the shots in that pairing. Duryea plays his usual nasty Willem Dafoe/Peter Strauss type villain, and for my money was the most effective actor in the movie. The finale w/ him showing up at their door, well.....it's quite something, very striking.

I also was surprised at the violence of the heist itself-gas going off, killings, etc left and right. Considering the laughable lack of security, personnel and etc that these keystone Brinks guys are showing, it's amazing how close the baddies came to not getting a cent for their efforts.

Pretty decent cast too-there's Percy Helton as the barkeep, there's Alan Napier, there's Tony Curtis in a cameo, there's you other typical baddies of the day. Nice turn by Steve MacNalley too.

Fine movie, bit lax on the plotting I think--but the tone, camera work, and of course DeCarlo-make this a worthy view.

*** outta ****


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