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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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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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Storyline

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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Whose were the hands that killed this man... what was the motive? See more »


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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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Gloria Grahame was borrowed from M-G-M. She earned her first of two Oscar nominations. She would later win an Oscar in M-G-M's The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), also in the Best Supporting Actress category. See more »

Goofs

When Finlay breaks the window with his gun, pieces of broken glass are left around the edges of the window frame. In subsequent shots there is no broken glass in the window frame. See more »

Quotes

The Man: [preparing coffee on the stove] Want some coffee?
Mitchell: Sure.
The Man: I'm her husband. I'm Ginny's husband. I was a soldier. I conked out.
[points to his heart]
The Man: You're wondering about this setup, aren't you?
Mitchell: Yeah, I guess I am.
The Man: [walks over to Montgomery] Well, ask her, then. She was a tramp when I married her. I didn't know it at first, but I knew it before we were married. That's one of the reasons I enlisted - to get away from her. But I couldn't wait to get out and come back to her. When I did, she didn't ...
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Shine
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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 gem from the past
21 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

'Film Noir' is a much-used (and misused), catch phrase, coined to describe

Hollywood films of the forties and fifties. These films were invariable in black and white (hence the paucity of such films on Australian commercial TV), and shot on tiny budgets in a matter of a few weeks. The plots are generally formulaic. Someone is murdered, someone else will be framed for that murder, and a

'dame' figures somewhere in the proceedings. "Crossfire" is low budget, and shot in black & white: admirably so by J. Roy Hunt. And yes, there's a 'dame' involved. What sets "Crossfire" apart from most of the other films of that era, is that it's not just another murder mystery, however well executed. This is a film about

religious intolerance. That people are killed is but the flesh on the bones of a film about (without preaching), racial vilification. The director, Edward Dmytryk was a fine, and now, a sadly neglected director. He knew how to work within the confines of the studio system, and turn out a

quality film like "Crossfire" The original thrust of the films' message, was, apparently, about homophobia. This upset the Hays Office. and religious

persecution was substituted instead. There is not a wasted frame in this picture. It runs a taught 86 minutes. For my money, Robert Young, who plays the detective charged with solving who

murdered whom, and why, is a standout. This in face of an understated Robert

Mitcham, and a powerful performance by Robert Ryan as the psychotic

Montgomery - think of his role as Claggart, in the film "Billy Budd". Believe me when I say that it was truly refreshing to see a film (thank god for late night TV), where the actors can act, the dialogue is intelligent, and where

computer graphics and special effects were not used as a substitute for plot


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