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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 / Eddie Riccardi
Sonny Tufts ... Vince Alexander
Ellen Drew ... Nina Martin
Rhys Williams ... Lt. Joe Williams
Percy Helton ... Petey
John Doucette ... Sgt. Barrett
Charles Evans ... Capt. Anderson (as Charlie Evans)
Greta Granstedt ... Hazel Downs
Raymond Largay Raymond Largay ... Arthur Stacey, M.D.
Harry Bronson Harry Bronson ... Danny
Hal Baylor ... Coke (as Hal Fieberling)
Don Haggerty ... Hood
Jack Overman ... Hood
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Dr. Kemble / Off-Screen Narrator
John Harmon ... Kelly
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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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He's got a date ...with DEATH! See more »


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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

The La Rue as seen in the film was a famous restaurant at 8361 Sunset Blvd. on the Sunset Strip. 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

Down in the Valley
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Traditional
Arranged by Louis Forbes
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Fantastic Film Noir
6 June 2006 | by monsieurhulotSee all my reviews

This has it all with a great setting, Los Angeles in the late forties, a one of a kind cinematographer at the apex of his career, John Alton, and a superb cast of film noir actors, John Payne, Sonny Tufts, and Percy Helton (Mr. Squeaky Voice). Some of most imaginative and evocative lighted scenes in film history are extant here. Don't miss this one. The scenes in the Army Surplus warehouse are simply stunning. There apparently is a lot discourse about Sonny Tufts comedic overacting, I did not notice it and thought he was perfect for the part. John Payne plays the subdued ex gangster with amnesia with perfect restraint. Its also funny that people with amnesia in such films never seem to think of asking someone who they are. They try to take the long road and figure it out indirectly.


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