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The Crooked Way (1949)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 22 April 1949 (USA)
War hero recovers from amnesia & is confronted by his criminal past.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Robert Monroe (radio play "No Blade Too Sharp"), Richard H. Landau (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Payne ... Eddie Rice aka Eddie Riccardi
Sonny Tufts ... Vince Alexander
Ellen Drew ... Nina Martin
Rhys Williams ... Police Lt. Joe Williams
Percy Helton ... Petey
Hal Baylor ... Coke (as Hal Fieberling)
John Doucette ... Police Sgt. Barrett
Don Haggerty ... Hood
Charles Evans ... Police Capt. Anderson (as Charlie Evans)
Jack Overman ... Hood
Greta Granstedt ... Hazel Downs
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Dr. Kemble / Narrator
Raymond Largay Raymond Largay ... Arthur Stacey
John Harmon ... Kelly
Harry Bronson Harry Bronson ... Danny
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Storyline

A World War II veteran, suffering from amnesia but otherwise healthy, is released from a veteran's hospital, decides to return to Los Angeles to see if he can regain his identity. Trying to retrace his former steps he soon learns that he was a double-crossing gangster, and many people have reasons to wish he wasn't around...and some try to see to it that he isn't around very long...alive, at least. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Savage Story of A Guy Who Tried Going Straight On...The CROOKED WAY (reissue print ad) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Herr der Unterwelt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vince Alexander (Sonny Tufts) drives a 1947 Cadillac convertible; Nina Martin (Ellen Drew) drives a 1949 Ford convertible. See more »

Goofs

Alexander's position in front of the War Surplus store changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Rice: [to Nina Martin] Keep your lights off and the motor running.
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Connections

References Pitfall (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Those Gamblers Blues
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Louis Forbes
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The Crooked Way (1949)
3 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

The story, about a returning war veteran with amnesia discovering his criminal past, is remarkably similar to SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT from a few years earlier. Plotwise, it's not nearly as compelling as its predecessor. The amnesia angle really isn't exploited well and what's left is a rather uninteresting gangster story with bland characters. Decent performances from Payne, Tufts and Drew, but only Percy Helton really stands out. However, this has to be one the best-looking noirs out there, thanks once again to the talents of John Alton. Incredible shocks of bright light amidst deep shadows, unusual framing, dramatic angles, gritty locations... the entire picture is simply gorgeous, textbook noir. It's a shame that such impressive visuals aren't attached to a more engaging plot, but it's still a delight to behold.


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