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The Crooked Way (1949)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  22 April 1949 (USA)
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War hero recovers from amnesia & is confronted by his criminal past.

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Vince Alexander
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Nina Martin
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Lieutenant Joe Williams
Percy Helton ...
Petey
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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
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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>

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He's got a date ...with DEATH! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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22 April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Herr der Unterwelt  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Disappointing
7 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

-- This film would seem to have all of the ingredients necessary for film noir, but I was disappointed.

The plot seems to have no sense of forward motion or suspense. The screenwriter doesn't seem to know what to do with the characters. The old ploy of amnesia is used here. Then, John Payne just happens to bump into someone who knows him on his arrival at the L.A. train station ! Immediate coincidence.

I also thought the ending was forced, after many dark happenings up to then.

One bright spot is the performance of Sonny Tufts. I've never seen him so tough & scary. And when he is trapped, he shows many different emotions as he deals with the tense situation.

I had never heard of Ellen Drew, but she is photographed here at the height of her beauty.

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