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The Crooked Web (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 30 November 1955 (USA)
Government agent tries to trick a suspect into returning to Germany, the scene of his crimes.


Nathan Juran (as Nathan Hertz Juran)


Lou Breslow (story and screenplay)




Cast overview:
Frank Lovejoy ... Stanley E. 'Stan' Fabian
Mari Blanchard ... Joanie Daniel
Richard Denning ... Frank Daniel
John Mylong ... Herr Koenig
Harry Lauter ... Sgt. Mike Jancoweizc
Steven Ritch Steven Ritch ... Ramon 'Ray' Torres
Louis Merrill Louis Merrill ... Herr Schmitt (as Lou Merril)


Cafe owner Stan Fabian joins Joanie Daniel and her "brother" Frank in a scheme to unearth a "fortune in stolen gold buried by Frank" in Germany during World War II, and Stan is unaware that Joanie and Frank are undercover agents trying to get a confession from Stan of a murder he committed in Germany. Joanie plays on Stan's love for her, insisting he join the Army and so gain access to the supposed hidden treasure, buried in what is now a U.S. Army reservation. Entrapment is the word used now. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Con Game With A Bullet
15 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Frank Lovejoy runs a roadside cafe. He's in love with carhop Mari Blanchard, and wants to get married. She wants security. When her brother, Richard Denning, shows up, he's got a big deal in Chicago, which Mari drunkenly spills to Frank is about $200,000 in stolen and buried gold in Germany. Deming is willing to cut Frank in for operating expenses.... yet when Frank goes home, Denning and Miss Blanchard meet up and canoodle. When they meet Denning's partner in Chicago, he doesn't want any more partners, and says he'll do it all on his own, so Denning shoots him.

It's clearly a confidence scam at this point. The question is, what has Lovejoy got that they are willing to spend such time and effort to get him to Germany? The movie veers fast and furiously as it bumps along, with a great script. Nathan Juran's directon is adequate, but the performers are up to their roles for a movie that is a lot of fun for fans of con-game movies like me.

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English | German

Release Date:

30 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Clover Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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