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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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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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15 August 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

The U.S. Army only showed the film at its U.S. bases. The U.S. Navy would not exhibit the film at all. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Finlay: The motive had to be inside the killer himself. Something he brought with him. Something he'd been nursing, for a long time. Something that had been waiting. The killer had to be someone who could hate Samuels without knowing him. Who could hate him enough to kill him, under the right circumstances, not for any real reason but, mistakenly and ignorantly.
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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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He's been dead for a long time and didn't even know it.
19 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Ripped from the headlines. This film could easily been made after this week's mass shooting in South Carolina, but it comes from 1947, just after the war.

Nothing much has changed in the intervening 68 years. We still have haters walking the streets, and people are still murdered with a motive that comes from within the killer.

Robert Young (Marcus Welby and Father Knows Best) is a bit out of character as he police detective trying to solve a murder involving three soldiers. He does a great job of getting to the crux of the matter - hate.

Robert Mitchum is a Sergeant trying to help solve the crime, and Robert Ryan got a Supporting Actor nomination for his role as the murderer.

An excellent message wrapped up in a noir drama. As important today as it was in 1947.


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