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Crossfire (22-Jul-1947)

Director: Edward Dmytryk

Writer: John Paxton

From novel: The Brick Foxhole by Richard Brooks

Music by: Roy Webb

Producer: Adrian Scott

Keywords: Crime, Film Noir

Soldiers demobilized at the nation's capital in the wake of WWII live mostly at night in seedy bars and playing poker. Three of them chill at a man's apartment and the man turns up dead; evidence points to an obvious suspect but no motive. As the homosexuality in Brooks' novel was out of the question in a 1947 production, the murder victim is Jewish here. Excellent film noir; received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

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Gloria Grahame
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Paul Kelly
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Robert Mitchum
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Robert Ryan
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Jacqueline White
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Robert Young   ...   Finlay
Robert Mitchum   ...   Keeley
Robert Ryan   ...   Montgomery
Gloria Grahame   ...   Ginny
Paul Kelly   ...   The Man
Sam Levene   ...   Samuels
Jacqueline White   ...   Mary Mitchell
Steve Brodie   ...   Floyd
George Cooper   ...   Mitchell
Richard Benedict   ...   Bill
Richard Powers   ...   Detective
William Phipps   ...   Leroy
Lex Barker   ...   Harry
Marlo Dwyer   ...   Miss Lewis


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