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The Crooked Way (1949)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Vince Alexander
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Nina Martin
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Lieutenant Joe Williams
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Petey
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Sgt. Barrett
Charles Evans ...
Captain Anderson (as Charlie Evans)
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Hazel Downs
Raymond Largay ...
Arthur Stacey, M.D.
Harry Bronson ...
Danny
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Coke (as Hal Fieberling)
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Hood
Jack Overman ...
Hood
Crane Whitley ...
Doctor Kemble / Off-Screen Narrator
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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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Savage Story of A Guy Who Tried Going Straight On...The CROOKED WAY (reissue print ad) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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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 »

Quotes

Eddie Rice: [to Nina Martin] Keep your lights off and the motor running.
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Soundtracks

Those Gamblers Blues
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Louis Forbes
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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.


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