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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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Release Date:

17 June 1949 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Gewagtes Alibi  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


(at around 5 mins) As Mr. Lancaster is getting out of the armored truck, he pauses on the running board and looks around - as he does so, the side-view mirror pans across the film crew. See more »


Steve Thompson: I take my hat off to you.
Anna Dundee: Yeah... yeah, I'm a prize.
Steve Thompson: Tramp.
Anna Dundee: Tell me all about it.
Steve Thompson: Tramp! Cheap little no good tramp!
[gets up to leave]
Anna Dundee: Stick around. You make it all so nice and sad.
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Well shot - but what about the story?
15 December 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film looks great - a classic noir - but the story is dull and predictable. I'm sure this frustrated Robert Siodmak as he can never really make the film fire in the way that he did "The Killers". The other weak link is Yvonne De Carlo, who looks great but is never really convincing. Much better is Burt Lancaster, also looking great, but very convincing as the love-sick fool hero. And the supporting cast of hoods and odd-balls is interesting. Worthwhile, but not great - with an excellent finale.

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