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Robert Monroe (radio play "No Blade Too Sharp")
Richard H. Landau (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 April 1949 (USA) See more »
Savage Story of A Guy Who Tried Going Straight On...The CROOKED WAY (reissue print ad) See more »
War hero recovers from amnesia & is confronted by his criminal past. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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John Payne ... Eddie Rice / Eddie Riccardi

Sonny Tufts ... Vince Alexander

Ellen Drew ... Nina Martin

Rhys Williams ... Lieutenant Joe Williams

Percy Helton ... Petey

John Doucette ... 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
Garry Owen ... Man from Green Acres Mortuary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chet Brandenburg ... Diner Customer / Passerby on Street (uncredited)

Frank Cady ... Barnes - Undercover Man at Bar (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Ross Elliott ... Coroner (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Roulette Player (uncredited)
Tommy Ferguson ... Gambling House Patron (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Man Hiding Petey (uncredited)

Sumner Getchell ... Man with Nina at Bar (uncredited)

Al Hill ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)

Esther Howard ... Hotel Proprietess (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)

Vera Marshe ... Blonde Job Applicant (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Casino Bartender (uncredited)

Barbara Pepper ... Shooting Gallery Proprietress (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Frank Richards ... Nick - Bailbondsman (uncredited)

Syd Saylor ... Vendor (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Hamburger Stand Proprietor (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Florey 
Writing credits
Robert Monroe (radio play "No Blade Too Sharp")

Richard H. Landau (screenplay)

Produced by
Benedict Bogeaus .... producer
Original Music by
Louis Forbes 
Cinematography by
John Alton 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan 
Production Design by
Van Nest Polglase 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish  (as Joe Kish)
Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lillian Shore .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Herman E. Webber .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director
Sound Department
Max M. Hutchinson .... sound technician (as Max Hutchinson)
Special Effects by
Lee Zavitz .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Lester Shorr .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Tanner .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Greta .... wardrobe: women
Music Department
Frank Perkins .... orchestrator
Other crew
Benedict Bogeaus .... presenter
Arthur M. Landau .... production associate
James Stacy .... assistant to producer
Mary Gibsone .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:(Banned) | Sweden:(Banned) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13659) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Alexander's position in front of the War Surplus store changes between shots.See more »
Eddie Rice:[to Nina Martin] Keep your lights off and the motor running.See more »
Jingle BellsSee more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Crooked Way (1949), 3 January 2012
Author: Martin Teller from Portland OR

The story, about a returning war veteran with amnesia discovering his criminal past, is remarkably similar to SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT from a few years earlier. Plotwise, it's not nearly as compelling as its predecessor. The amnesia angle really isn't exploited well and what's left is a rather uninteresting gangster story with bland characters. Decent performances from Payne, Tufts and Drew, but only Percy Helton really stands out. However, this has to be one the best-looking noirs out there, thanks once again to the talents of John Alton. Incredible shocks of bright light amidst deep shadows, unusual framing, dramatic angles, gritty locations... the entire picture is simply gorgeous, textbook noir. It's a shame that such impressive visuals aren't attached to a more engaging plot, but it's still a delight to behold.

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