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Criss Cross (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 February 1949 (USA)
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An armored truck driver and his ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Daniel Fuchs (screenplay), Don Tracy (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Steve Thompson
Yvonne De Carlo ... Anna
Dan Duryea ... Slim Dundee
Stephen McNally ... Pete Ramirez
Esy Morales Esy Morales ... Orchestra Leader
Tom Pedi ... Vincent
Percy Helton ... Frank
Alan Napier ... Finchley
Griff Barnett ... Pop
Meg Randall ... Helen
Richard Long ... Slade Thompson
Joan Miller Joan Miller ... The Lush
Edna Holland ... Mrs. Thompson (as Edna M. Holland)
John Doucette ... Walt
Marc Krah ... Mort
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Storyline

After being away for a few years, working class Steve Thompson returns to his hometown of Los Angeles to move back into the family home with his parents and younger brother. Steve quickly falls into old, familiar routines: getting his old job as a driver at the Horten's Armored Car Service where his Pop works, hanging out at his old watering hole the Round Up bar and restaurant despite many of the faces there having changed, and reuniting with two people, his friend, Police Lt. Pete Ramirez, and his ex-wife, Anna. Ma Thompson knows that despite the two having only lasted as husband and wife for seven months, Steve cannot stay away from Anna, and both Ma and Pete know that Anna is bad news for Steve. And although Steve believes he and Anna have made an emotional connection with each other all over again, he learns that she has ended up marrying gangster, Slim Dundee, a regular at the Round Up. With the emerging circumstance, Steve devises a spur of the moment plan appealing to Slim's ... Written by Huggo

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When you Double-Cross a Double-Crosser...IT'S A CRISS-CROSS! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

After Steve's fight with Slim in the backroom of the bar, Vincent incorrectly says "you can not get a wife to testify against her husband, everybody knows that." This is wrong, you can not compel or force a wife to testify against her husband. But a wife can testify against her husband if she wants to. See more »

Goofs

During the armor truck robbery; Steve gets shot and ends up in a hospital unconscious. Then a still injured Steve gets kidnapped by Nelson but Steve bribes him to take him to Anna. When he arrives at the chosen hideaway; Anna is stashing half the money from the robbery. The film doesn't explain how an incapacitated Steve managed to get a hold of the money and then have it delivered to Anna. See more »

Quotes

Steve Thompson: She's all right, she's just young.
Mrs. Thompson: Huh! Some ways, she knows more than Einstein.
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Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1989) See more »

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I'll Remember April
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Written by Gene de Paul and Don Raye
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Atmospheric but shakily plotted Noir
12 October 2000 | by Cajun-4See all my reviews

As usual in a movie directed by Robert Siodmark there are striking compositions and some really tense moments in this sombre tale of cross, double-cross and revenge in a botched armored car robbery.Some convincing location scenes give us an authentic look at 1940's Los Angeles.

Burt Lancaster more or less reprises his role in THE KILLERS as an honest guy led astray by a beautiful woman. Yvonne DeCarlo doesn't quite hack it as the femme fatale but Siodmark makes the most of her looks and there is a well edited sequence of her dancing in a night club. (An un-billed Tony Curtis is her partner).Minor characters, the hoods, bartenders etc are well cast and there are good performances by those two stalwarts of 1940's movies Stephen Mcnally and Dan Duryea.

The story line is rather ragged and there are a few plot loop holes but the action when it comes is well handled.

Doesn't rank with THE KILLERS but it's an interesting look at a heist movie before they became cliches. You can see harbingers of future similar movies like THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, THE KILLING, RIFIFI etc.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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