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Crossroads (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | July 1942 (USA)
Diplomat is blackmailed for crimes he committed before he had amnesia.

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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The story includes reference to 1,000,000 Francs. Basic research shows the French Franc was worth about 25-1 against the USD, or about $40,000 - but is that a lot? The average house price in the US at that time was $4,100, and the average income was around $500. See more »

Goofs

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

David Talbot: Mother, I'm afraid you're a dead pigeon.
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Version of Carrefour (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Auprès de ma blonde
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Traditional
[A short excerpt is played in the opening scene, then later whistled by the night watchman in the nighttime office scene]
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Great Mystery
11 April 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed viewing this film on late night television starring William Powell, (David Talbot) a very successful man working for the French Government and happily married to a very beautiful woman named Lucienne Talbot, (Hedy Lamarr). Every thing is going great for this couple until David has an accident and develops amnesia and cannot remember a period of his life for 13 years. Henri Sarrou, (Basil Rathbone) meets up with David Talbot and blackmail's him for a crime he committed under the name of Jean Pelletier several years ago. Henri also has a woman named Michelle Allaine, (Claire Trevor) who also confirms that David is guilt of this crime and seeks thousands of dollars to keep everything quite. This is a great mystery story starring great classic veteran actors.


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