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Across the Bridge (1957)

A wealthy businessman attempts to run to Mexico to escape capture for embezzlement. On the way, he switches identities for a visa but that only complicates matters.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Carl Schaffner
David Knight ...
Johnny
Noel Willman ...
Chief of Police
Marla Landi ...
Mary
Dolores ...
Dolores
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Chief Inspector Hadden
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Police Sergeant
Alan Gifford ...
Cooper
Ingeborg von Kusserow ...
Mrs. Scarff (as Ingeborg Wells)
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Paul Scarff
Faith Brook ...
Kay
Marianne Deeming ...
Anna
Stanley Maxted ...
Milton
Mark Baker ...
Baggage Man
Jack Lester ...
Sam
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On the run from the US police after being charged with embezzlement, a billionaire attempts to flee to Mexico by stealing the identity of a stranger. However, his life is made much more difficult when he finds out that that man is a wanted Mexican criminal. Written by themadmovieman

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Graham Greene's Great Suspense Story !


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6 September 1957 (Denmark)  »

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Die Brücke der Vergeltung  »

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The dog was credited in the main titles as "Dolores", the name of the character. It was found in a dogs' home in Liverpool. Its trainer gained enough publicity from the film that he was able to set up the Dolores Dog Home. See more »

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Though set in the U.S. at this point, a sign on the wall in the store/gas station/motel (can't remember which) says No Cheques, British spelling, rather than Checks, American spelling. See more »

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Version of Double Take (2001) See more »

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Cuban Crescendo
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Music by Reg Owen
Published by Boosey & Hawkes
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Strong thinking person's thriller
5 January 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Interesting expansion of a Graham Greene short story. A millionaire embezzler tries to steal another man's identity and escape to Mexico.

Rod Steiger is terrific in the lead and boldly unafraid to be unsympathetic. There's a solid noir feeling to the story, themes and especially the cinematography. There's a good deal of tension, too.

On the other hand, the whole story depends on not just one but two whopping coincidences, along with a couple of those 'why doesn't the character just…?' moments, which hurt the overall effectiveness of the film. The score is a bit over the top too.

But, for any faults it's still a well made, thinking person's thriller, worth seeking out if you're a fan of the genre or the elements.


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