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CROSSFIRE
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Directed By
Edward Dmytryk

Written By:
John Paxton, Richard Brooks, John Paxton, Richard Brooks

Cast:
Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Paul Kelly, Sam Levene, Jacqueline White, Steve Brodie, George Cooper, Richard Benedict, Tom Keene, William Phipps, Lex Barker, Robert Bray, Harry Harvey, Kenneth MacDonald, Jay Norris, George Turner


 
CROSSFIRE (1947)
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Movie Review by Derringer
November 14th, 2010

REALLY SUPERB POST-WW2 FILM NOIR

Favorite Movie Quote: "Hate is like a loaded gun."

Released in 1947 - CROSSFIRE stars the 3 "ROBERTs" - That's MITCHUM, RYAN & YOUNG.

CROSSFIRE is probably the first Hollywood picture to actually explore racial bigotry - This time in the form of anti-Semitism.

CROSSFIRE also addresses post-WW2 issues of soldiers being released from military duty with no other training besides that of being servicemen.

Set in Washington, DC - A kindly, soft-spoken man named Joseph Samuels is savagely beaten to death (in his own apartment) by a drunken, recently demobilized American soldier simply because he was Jewish.

Due to some incriminating evidence, an innocent soldier is mistakenly blamed for the murder. When this soldier disappears, Detective Finlay, who's investigating the case, must carefully piece together all of the clues to establish the motive behind all of the apparent senselessness.

In a series of well-timed flashbacks the whole truth behind the story finally unfolds, escalating into a most brilliant climax.

CROSSFIRE is an intelligent, well-crafted film with an excellent script and wonderful performances from a real top-notch cast, especially that of ROBERT MITCHUM as Sargeant Keeley.

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