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Cornered (1945)

Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

John Paxton (screenplay), John Wexley (story and adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Laurence Gerard
Walter Slezak ... Melchior Incza
Micheline Cheirel ... Mme. Madeleine Jarnac
Nina Vale ... Señora Camargo
Morris Carnovsky ... Manuel Santana
Edgar Barrier ... DuBois, Insurance Man
Steven Geray ... Señor Tomas Camargo
Jack La Rue ... Diego, Hotel Valet (as Jack LaRue)
Gregory Gaye ... Perchon, Belgian Banker (as Gregory Gay)
Luther Adler ... 'Marcel Jarnac'
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Storyline

On being demobbed at the end of the war, Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard returns to France to discover who ordered the killing of a group of Resistence fighters including his new bride. He identifies Vichy collaborator Marcel Jarnac, who is reported as dead himself. Not believing this, Gerard follows the trail to Argentina where it is apparent that Nazism is also far from dead. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The second and last collaboration between Dick Powell and director Edward Dmytryk. Along with Murder, My Sweet (1944), these films transformed Powell's image from that of a light song-and-dance man into a serious "tough guy" actor. See more »

Goofs

When Gerard goes to break into the Bar Fortuna, he uses his Luger pistol to break the lock on the sliding window. He first removes the magazine, but does not clear the chamber. He then smashes the lock, and replaces the magazine. Only then does he operate the toggle link and a shell can be heard hitting the sidewalk. In short, he smashed the lock with the pistol still loaded. See more »

Quotes

Marcel Jarnac: I'm afraid the Anglo-Saxon is a poor fanatic. He only takes action when you disturb his visceral emotions. He thinks with his gall bladder.
Laurence Gerard: [Sarcastically] We're stinkin' poor fighters too! We got lucky and plastered you off the map by accident.
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Crossfire (1947) See more »

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2 January 2002 | by gergtjSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film, but i thought that it could've been edited tighter. The run time was a little too long, and a tighter edit would've helped the film greatly. It also would've been nice to have a bigger female star for the main female character. Hedy Lamarr would've been my first choice. But overall, i was very impressed with the film and thought that Dick Powell's performance was strong. He showed a greater range of emotions than i've seen in other Powell films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

11 March 1946 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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