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Cross-Up (1955)

Tiger by the Tail (original title)
On the first night of his London assignment, news agency reporter John Desmond becomes heavily involved with enigmatic Anna Ray. The affair ends when she is shot struggling for a gun she ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Desmond
Constance Smith ...
Jane Claymore
Lisa Daniely ...
Anna Ray
Cyril Chamberlain ...
C.A. Foster
Donald Stewart ...
Thora Hird ...
Mary, farm girl
Joan Heal ...
Annabella, farm girl
Alexander Gauge ...
Ronan O'Casey ...
Nick, lead henchman
Marie Bryant ...
Melodie - nightclub singer
Doris Hare ...
Nurse Brady, hospital property clerk
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Doctor Scott, psychiatrist
Robert Moore ...
John H. Watson ...
Truscott, phoney arresting constable (as John Watson)
Hal Osmond ...
Charlie, Electrical Inspector


On the first night of his London assignment, news agency reporter John Desmond becomes heavily involved with enigmatic Anna Ray. The affair ends when she is shot struggling for a gun she has pulled on him. This is only the start of his troubles, as Anna worked for a criminal organisation who know Desmond has now got her valuable contacts list. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The Walls of a Whole City Were Closing In...And Now He Was Running For His Life!


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January 1958 (USA)  »

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In March 1958, United Artists distributed this film (under the title "Cross-Up") in the USA on a double bill with Run Silent Run Deep (1958) starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster. See more »


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Lyrics by Sid Colin
Music by Stanley Black
Sung by Marie Bryant
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Plodding thriller
11 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Writing in the second edition of his seminal book on the history of crime fiction "Bloody Murder " the esteemed British critic Julian Symons bestowed strong praise on the novel "Newer Look Back " by John Mair saying it was well in advance of its era in terms of psychological insight and morality . This movie is based on the novel and signally fails to do it justice .It's not actively bad -just very pedestrian and predictable .It opens vividly with the figure of US London based journalist John Desmomd staggering through the deserted streets severely wounded ,and being taken into custody by the police .The tale then unfolds in flashback .Desmond has accidentally killed a woman with whom he is embroiled in an affair .She was a member of a counterfeiting gang whose diary ,which is in his possession ,contains a code which is the key to the continuing operation of the gang .His life is in danger from the gang and he goes on the run aided by his secretary .He is captured ,escapes and feigns amnesia before the conclusion of the tale

Poorly acted and perfunctorily directed this is not a movie that ever rises above the mediocre and those wanting a version of the novel should seek out copies of the BBC TV version from the mid 1990's .

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