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Crossroads (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | July 1942 (USA)
An amnesiac French diplomat is blackmailed for crimes that he committed before he lost his memory.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Guy Trosper (screenplay), John H. Kafka (story) (as John Kafka) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... David Talbot
Hedy Lamarr ... Lucienne Talbot
Claire Trevor ... Michelle Allaine
Basil Rathbone ... Henri Sarrou
Margaret Wycherly ... Madame Pelletier
Felix Bressart ... Dr. Andre Tessier
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Alex Dubroc
H.B. Warner ... Prosecuting Attorney
Philip Merivale ... Commissaire
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Storyline

1935. David Talbot is a successful and well-respected member of the French Foreign Service, currently based in Paris. Everything in his life is going his way: he is responsible for handling a large public trust, is pegged as the next French Ambassador to Brazil, and is still in the honeymoon phase of his marriage to his newlywed bride, Lucienne Talbot. He receives a letter addressed to "Jean" - he knowing it is for him as David Talbot is the addressee on the envelope - asking for the FF1 million owed. He eventually learns that the letter is he being accused of really being Jean Pelletier, who committed a bank robbery and murder in 1922, that 1 million half the take probably owed to Pelletier's partner(s). Part of David's known history is that he was long ago treated by Dr. Andre Tessier - still a close friend - for amnesia the result of a physical trauma, and that the one person who could positively identify him did so as David Talbot, that person now deceased. Everything that Tessier... Written by Huggo

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They called him Murderer and made him believe it! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The car David drives is a 1938 Jensen H-Type, but the story takes place in 1935. See more »

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Although the story takes place in 1935, all of the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly in the 1942 mode, which was significantly different from 1935. See more »

Quotes

Lucienne Talbot: Thank you. But, what does it mean?
David Talbot: Why that's Portuguese. That means you're lovely, you're beautiful, you're exquisite, you give me vertigo and I adore you. That's a rough translation, of course.
Lucienne Talbot: Well, not so very rough.
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After 'The End ' AMERICA NEEDS YOUR MONEY BUY WAR BONDS AND STAMPS AT THIS THEATER See more »


Soundtracks

Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 39, No. 15
(uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
[Played on the piano by Lucienne]
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Mysterious Mystery
2 April 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

I don't think that's redundant. Think of how many mysteries in which the culprit/villain/murderer is known from the beginning of the film (for instance, "Sleuth"). Those are 'cat-and-mouse' stories, and it's a matter of time before the perp is found out.

"Crossroads", however, remains mysterious until the very end, and the mystery deepens as the film unfolds. William Powell, at his urbane best, is the amnesia victim who may or may not have been a criminal before his accident. Hedy LaMarr is his devoted wife and is gorgeous but with little else to do. Basil Rathbone is in one of his patented Loathsome Villain roles and gives the picture the rating I gave it.

The picture is extremely well written and holds the interest throughout its 84 minutes, which in this case fly by - no chance to check your watch in this one. Don't know if it was an 'A' or a 'B' at the time, but "Crossroads" is one of the best unheralded movies ever made.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Lost His Way See more »

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Budget:

$846,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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