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Crossfire

  • Drama
  • 1947
  • Edward Dmytryk
  • 86 mins
  • PG

Summary

A homicide detective investigates the murder of a Jewish war veteran, becoming convinced the killer is one of a group of demobbed soldiers. An army sergeant is determined to root out the killer in his own ranks and prove the innocence of a friend. Drama set in the aftermath of the Second World War, starring Robert Mitchum, Robert Young, George Cooper, Robert Ryan and Gloria Grahame.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This terrific and neatly compressed thriller tells the story of four GIs, just back from the Second World War, who become involved in a murder. The GIs are Robert Ryan, Steve Brodie, George Cooper and William Phipps. Robert Young is the investigating detective, who enlists the help of another GI, Robert Mitchum, and Sam Levene is the victim. Gloria Grahame established her star credentials as a wisecracking dame who befriends murder suspect Cooper. Directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Adrian Scott (both were later blacklisted in the Communist witch-hunt), it's an impressive and gripping film, superbly performed by its stars. Richard Brooks's source novel made the victim a homosexual, but in the movie he's a Jew - at the time, not only a safer choice as far as censorship was concerned, but also more resonant in the aftermath of the war and considering Hollywood's own racial mix.

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Credits

Cast

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FinlayRobert Young (1)
KeeleyRobert Mitchum
MontgomeryRobert Ryan
GinnyGloria Grahame
MitchellGeorge Cooper (2)
FloydSteve Brodie
LeroyWilliam Phipps
Joseph SamuelsSam Levene
The manPaul Kelly (1)
Mary MitchellJacqueline White
BillRichard Benedict
DetectiveTom Keene
HarryLex Barker
Miss Lewis / Miss WhiteMarlo Dwyer

Crew

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DirectorEdward Dmytryk

Details

Language
English
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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