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The Crooked Web (1955)

Government agent tries to trick a suspect into returning to Germany, the scene of his crimes.

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Cafe owner Stan Fabian joins Joanie Daniel and her "brother" Frank in a scheme to unearth a "fortune in stolen gold buried by Frank" in Germany during World War II, and Stan is unaware that Joanie and Frank are undercover agents trying to get a confession from Stan of a murder he committed in Germany. Joanie plays on Stan's love for her, insisting he join the Army and so gain access to the supposed hidden treasure , buried in what is now a U.S. Army reservation. Entrapment is the word used now. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Walk into her parlor... and you're caught in a web of intrigue and murder! See more »

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30 November 1955 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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In the beginning of the film when Johnny and Stan are dancing to the jukebox at he club the song put the blame on me was playing. This is used in the 1946 film. Glinda with Rita Hayward.. See more »

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In the scene where the three main characters check into the hotel in Germany, the name is written in the old fashioned German script but instead of the correct word Friedrich is spelled Freidrich. See more »

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Hold on to Your Heart
Written by Charles Naylor and Herbert Wittkin
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Elaborate trap is set to catch a WW 2 black market operator and killer
21 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

"The Crooked Web" is a second-tier film noir whose main attractions are its leads: Frank Lovejoy, Mari Blanchard and Richard Denning. The title accurately describes the main feature of the story, which is a web that is spun upon elaborate deceptive grounds in order to catch a criminal who had committed a crime during World War 2 and escaped prosecution by returning to America.

Lovejoy is capable of playing good guy or bad guy equally well. So is Denning. They put those talents to good use. Ms. Blanchard is typically a vamp, and there is no exception here. But she has the talent to be a vamp in a variety of ways, which always makes her parts interesting.

The direction didn't quite bring out the potential in the story, and the story at times lacks spark. This is why I say the effort is second-tier. Nevertheless, being a film noir fan, it was good to see a crisp widescreen print.


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