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Crossfire (1947)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 August 1947 (USA)
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A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of demobilized soldiers he met in a bar. But which one? And why?

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Finlay
... Keeley
... Montgomery
... Ginny
... The Man
... Samuels
... Mary Mitchell
... Floyd
... Mitchell
... Bill
... Detective (as Richard Powers)
... Leroy
... Harry
... Miss Lewis
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Homicide Capt. Finlay finds evidence that one or more of a group of demobilized soldiers is involved in the death of Joseph Samuels. In flashbacks, we see the night's events from different viewpoints as army Sgt. Keeley investigates on his own, trying to clear Mitchell, to whom circumstantial evidence points. Then the real, ugly motive for the killing begins to dawn on both Finlay and Keeley. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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15 August 1947 (USA)  »

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Cradle of Fear  »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,300,000
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Thanks to cinematographer J. Roy Hunt, the film's atmospheric low-key lighting was accomplished quickly and efficiently. This explains why the film only took 24 days to shoot. It also resulted in one of the most visually impressive films noir ever made. See more »

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At about 22 minutes in, the shadow of the camera and dolly is visible just to the right of the hotel door, behind the MP, as Bill Williams enters the hotel to meet Keeley in the coffee shop. See more »

Quotes

Finlay: Ah, Mrs. Finlay'll be leaving for early mass.
Keeley: Now that I know that, can I go back to bed?
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Referenced in Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist (1987) See more »

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Written by Cecil Mack, Lew Brown, and Ford Dabney
Performed Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band
Played in Red Dragon dance hall when Mitchell first meets Ginny
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A viewing treat
19 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Definitely a "must see" for all fans of film noir.

Thanks to a fine script and crisp, razor sharp direction, a top cast comes together and works like a well oiled clock to produce a crackerjack psychological thriller. Wonderful characterizations articulate the movie's powerful message about the dangers of racial and religious intolerance.

It's difficult and almost unjust to single out any one, particular performance because there isn't a weak link in the entire company. But Robert Ryan as the hateful and violent white supremacist is truly spine chilling.

Making this film in the 1940s would have taken a lot of courage. Now,all these years later, at a time when contemporary movies are dominated by a ridiculous over abundance of foul language, bare breasts, crummy acting and deafening soundtracks, it's refreshing to get back to the basics of quality film making with a viewing treat like "Crossfire".

Another low budget gem from the Hollywood archives .


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