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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
Jane Claymore
Lisa Daniely ...
Anna Ray
Cyril Chamberlain ...
C.A. Foster
Donald Stewart ...
Mary, farm girl
Joan Heal ...
Annabella, farm girl
Alexander Gauge ...
Nick, lead henchman
Marie Bryant ...
Melodie - nightclub singer
Doris Hare ...
Nurse Brady, hospital property clerk
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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Larry Parks duels with counterfeiters who want a code book he found
30 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a Britnoir; critic John Grant includes it in his noir book. There are only 3 reviews here for "Tiger by the Tail" (1955). Two are unfavorable and 1 favorable. I expected it to be without much merit, but it was actually good in many places and a decent movie. I come down squarely on the favorable side. My only problem, which is strictly personal, is that I had to get used to Larry Parks as someone other than Al Jolson. His 2 Jolson movies were the only roles I'd seen him play.

The cast is very good. Constance Smith is his secretary, who has to wait until he gets Lisa Daniely out of his blood. There is some very much above-par clever writing in this film, such as when Parks is interrogated by gang members and uses various ruses to throw them off. Here and there, the film has some good noir photography. The opening scene is in that category, and there are a number of shots later that look upwards to a fight that look quite nice.

The story is told mostly in flashback. Certain details of the back story are treated elliptically. We really do not grasp the picture of what Parks is doing until well into the film. This method works. John Gilling did a nice job with this film. He can be counted on to give a solid product when it comes to quite a few Britnoirs.

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