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Criss Cross (1949)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  17 June 1949 (France)
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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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Dan Duryea ...
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Esy Morales ...
Orchestra Leader
Tom Pedi ...
Vincent
Percy Helton ...
Frank
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Finchley
Griff Barnett ...
Pop
Meg Randall ...
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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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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When you Double-Cross a Double-Crosser...IT'S A CRISS-CROSS! See more »


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17 June 1949 (France)  »

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Gewagtes Alibi  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

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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Where have you gone Yvonne De Carlo?
21 May 2004 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

This flick is a keeper. If you see one film noir from the Forties this should be it. Starring a very young Burt Lancaster, Dan Duryea and the great Yvonne DeCarlo, this dark and shadowy movie shakes the genre to its core. The movie is set in a post-W.W.II Los Angeles when the city was about to burst free and become a Metropolis. Virtually everything we see is gone: trolleys, single-family homes on hills and probably the worst armored car security put on film. (A driver is called away from a run by a suspicious phone call and no supervisor is notified!) The roster of character actors include Alan Napier, Alfred on "Batman," the ever present Percy Helton, and Stephen McNally. Another actor I've seen before has a habit of exclaiming "That's the ticket!" Could this be where Jon Lovitz got his lucrative catch phrase? But the true standout in the film is the exotic and sinfully talented Yvonne DeCarlo. Hollywood never utilized this this lady right. She was always dumped into B-Westerns or costume pics. However, whenever she was given something juicy such as an adult comedy or A-Drama, like this film, she excelled. And if you want to see her belt out a few tunes just check out the pilot episode of "Bonanza" or the ultra cool episode of the "Munsters," where she performs a bluesy number on the harp, you know, the one with the rock band The Standells.


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