MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 15,397 this week

The Crooked Way (1949)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  22 April 1949 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 501 users  
Reviews: 27 user | 5 critic

War hero recovers from amnesia & is confronted by his criminal past.

Director:

Writers:

(radio play "No Blade Too Sharp"), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

What to Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

Keith Simanton talks with the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 19 Jun 2011
 
a list of 2723 titles
created 14 Dec 2011
 
list image
a list of 90 titles
created 27 Dec 2011
 
a list of 100 titles
created 20 Jun 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Crooked Way" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Crooked Way (1949)

The Crooked Way (1949) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Crooked Way.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch
Action | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The lives, loves, and battles of fictional characters in the Army's First Ranger Battalion during WWII.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: James Garner, Etchika Choureau, Jack Warden
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Conceited singer Garry Mitchell refuses to renew his radio contract, so agent Doug Blake decides to find a new personality to replace Garry. In New York, he finds Martha Gibson, a single ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Jack Carson, Doris Day, Lee Bowman
Horror | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

3 horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the 1st story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of three elderly friends. In "... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Salkow
Stars: Vincent Price, Joyce Taylor, Sebastian Cabot
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A fur-trapper named Kelly, who once saved the life of a Sioux chief, is allowed to set his traps in Sioux territory during the late 1870s. Reluctantly he takes on a tenderfoot assistant ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Clint Walker, Edd Byrnes, John Russell
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Young Pud is orphaned and left in the care of his aged grandparents. The boy and his cantankerous old grandfather become inseparable friends. But Gramps is concerned for his grandson's ... See full summary »

Director: Harold S. Bucquet
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Cedric Hardwicke, Beulah Bondi
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Vampire Barnabas Collins is released from his prison and searches for a cure to his affliction, so he can marry the incarnation of his lost love.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A special sideshow torture exhibit has the power, according to showman Dr. Diablo, to warn people of evil in their futures. Ore by one, skeptical customers stand before the Fate Atropos to ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith, Beverly Adams
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer
Irene (1940)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Sent by her employers on an errand to the home of the wealthy Mrs. Vincent, Irene O'Dare meets Don, a friend of Bob, Mrs. Vincent's son. Attracted to Irene, Don decides to invest some money... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Anna Neagle, Ray Milland, Roland Young
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Army veterans, just mustered out of the service, are going to the one of the men's brothers ranch on their way West. Just as they arrive, Indians attack the ranch and kill the brother. The ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: Randolph Scott, James Craig, Angie Dickinson
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Dr. Gillespie is called in to investigate when a young man suffering from mental problems disappears on a killing spree.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Donna Reed, Philip Dorn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Eddie Rice / Eddie Riccardi
...
Vince Alexander
...
Nina Martin
...
Lieutenant Joe Williams
Percy Helton ...
Petey
...
Sgt. Barrett
Charles Evans ...
Captain Anderson (as Charlie Evans)
Greta Granstedt ...
Hazel Downs
Raymond Largay ...
Arthur Stacey, M.D.
Harry Bronson ...
Danny
Hal Baylor ...
Coke (as Hal Fieberling)
Don Haggerty ...
Hood
Jack Overman ...
Hood
Crane Whitley ...
Doctor Kemble / Off-Screen Narrator
John Harmon ...
Kelly
Edit

Storyline

A World War II veteran, suffering from amnesia but otherwise healthy, is released from a veteran's hospital, decides to return to Los Angeles to see if he can regain his identity. Trying to retrace his former steps he soon learns that he was a double-crossing gangster, and many people have reasons to wish he wasn't around...and some try to see to it that he isn't around very long...alive, at least. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Savage Story of A Guy Who Tried Going Straight On...The CROOKED WAY (reissue print ad) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Herr der Unterwelt  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In one scene, John Payne hitches a ride in a mortuary van from a place called "Green Acres". It's coincidental that the movie's cast includes Frank Cady and Percy Helton, who both appeared on the TV series of the same name. See more »

Goofs

Alexander's position in front of the War Surplus store changes between shots. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fantastic Film Noir
6 June 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This has it all with a great setting, Los Angeles in the late forties, a one of a kind cinematographer at the apex of his career, John Alton, and a superb cast of film noir actors, John Payne, Sonny Tufts, and Percy Helton (Mr. Squeaky Voice). Some of most imaginative and evocative lighted scenes in film history are extant here. Don't miss this one. The scenes in the Army Surplus warehouse are simply stunning. There apparently is a lot discourse about Sonny Tufts comedic overacting, I did not notice it and thought he was perfect for the part. John Payne plays the subdued ex gangster with amnesia with perfect restraint. Its also funny that people with amnesia in such films never seem to think of asking someone who they are. They try to take the long road and figure it out indirectly.


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Somewhere in the Night 42ndStreetMemories
Discuss The Crooked Way (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?