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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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Esy Morales ...
Orchestra Leader
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Vincent
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Frank
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Pop
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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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When you Double-Cross a Double-Crosser...IT'S A CRISS-CROSS! See more »


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17 June 1949 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Gewagtes Alibi  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 10, 1949 with Burt Lancaster reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

When Anna is playing the piano, she removes her hand from the piano for a short while but the music keeps playing. 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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Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) 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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