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Criss Cross (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 February 1949 (USA)
An armored truck driver and his lovely 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 Dundee
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

Romantic, obsessive Steve Thompson is drawn back to L.A. to make another try for Anna, his former wife. However, Anna belongs now to the L.A. underworld. Steve believes he can rescue her, ignoring the advice and warnings of people who would try to save him. He commits himself to a dangerous course of action that quickly takes everyone somewhere unintended. Written by <cantor@creative.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gewagtes Alibi See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 10, 1949 with Burt Lancaster reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Dundee says nobody has ever successfully held up an armored car. But a couple of scenes later, Vincent mentions one such robbery in which "they got away with 400 grand." 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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Soundtracks

I'll Remember April
(uncredited)
Written by Gene de Paul and Don Raye
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what an ending!
18 March 2009 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Good solid noir, with Burt Lancaster possibly running a little below best but Yvonne DeCarlo as the supreme femme fatale is in stomping form and more than makes up for any lapses from others. Gets going immediately and the aerial shot makes us well aware that this is going to be a beautifully shot movie, which it certainly is. Really great camera movement, especially during a stunning dance sequence, that includes an unaccredited Tony Curtis, and the heist itself with the surprising element designed to catch out Mr Lancaster. Good all the way through and if Lancaster sometimes appears a little lame it is probably because of the sheer ruthlessness of Dan Duryea as the chief baddie and the aforementioned DeCarlo who seems to be able to run rings round them all. Oh and what an ending!


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