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Crossroads (1942)

Diplomat is blackmailed for crimes he committed before he had amnesia.

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Jack Conway

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidas encontradas See more »

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Budget:

$846,000 (estimated)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both William Powell and Basil Rathbone have starred as private detective Philo Vance. Basil Rathbone played him in The Bishop Murder Case (1930), while William Powell played him in The Canary Murder Case (1929), The Greene Murder Case (1929), The Benson Murder Case (1930) and The Kennel Murder Case (1933), and the Murder Will Out segment of Paramount on Parade (1930). 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 »

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Lucienne Talbot: Some tea, darling? I think the water is still hot.
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'Til You Return
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
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What an amazing film!
4 November 2011 | by deltascorch90See all my reviews

This film is extraordinary. If you are drawn to it by either the names William Powell or Hedy Lamarr being attached to it, then you'll be pleased to know that the both of them give performances here that are of their respective bests. William Powell is the type of character here that everyone loves to see him as, and he very well conveys the distraught that his character goes through ... there are quite a few moments here of suspense that particularly kept my unblinking eyes glued to the screen!

Hedy Lamarr isn't at all in one of her "stone face" roles here, or those in which she demonstrates little of acting ability I mean, and plays the "Myrna Loy" character in a way worthy of admiration (the true "ideal marriage" concept that Powell and Loy put together so well always).

I'm not particularly well versed in mystery films otherwise to know how predictable the plot is, though I was kept guessing throughout and really found myself hooked. I think this is a fantastic collaboration and film altogether, and was pleased to see Felix Bressart working together with Hedy Lamarr again, in a truly comical role, after having appeared next to her already in Comrade X and Ziegfeld Girl.

For fans of Lamarr and Powell this film cannot be more recommended!


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