Crack-Up

Crack-Up

Irving Reis (1946)

93min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this dark thriller, Pat O'Brien plays an art lecturer and curator who suffers, or appears to suffer, a nervous breakdown when an international consortium of villains reckons he's too close to exposing a forgery racket. This is an unusual role for O'Brien, who stars alongside Claire Trevor, as his loyal girlfriend, and classy Herbert Marshall, as an art expert who is not all that he seems. Directed with real flair by Irving Reis, the movie gets off to a terrific start but promises more than it delivers, due in part to a screenplay that becomes progressively more confused as it goes along.

Summary

An art critic gets out of his depth while investigating an international racket involving forged masterpieces, and ends up teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown following his brush with the criminal world. Dark and confused crime tale, told via a series of murky flashbacks. Starring Pat O'Brien, Claire Trevor, Ray Collins and Herbert Marshall.

Cast & Crew

George Steele Pat O'Brien
Terry Claire Trevor
Traybin Herbert Marshall
Dr Lowell Ray Collins
Cochrane Wallace Ford
Reynolds Dean Harens
Stevenson Damian O'Flynn
Barton Erskine Sanford
Director Irving Reis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Drama