Crossfire

1947 | Drama | 86 minutes | English

Info

Captain Finlay is called to investigate the beating to death of a Jewish man named Joseph Samuels. Finlay suspects the murderers to be Monty and Floyd, two demobilized soldiers who had been drinking with Samuels. Monty and Floyd implicate a third ex-soldier, Mitch. Sergeant Keeley, Mitch’s friend, decides to help with the investigation and clear Mitch. Mitch’s alibi was he spent the night with a pick-up, Ginny Tremaine. Back at the police station, Captain Finlay and Sergeant Keeley suspect anti-Semitism to be the motive with Monty as the prime suspect. Finlay and Keeley set a trap they hope will nab Monty.  

Cast
Robert Ryan (Monty) / Robert Young (Captain Finlay) / Robert Mitchum (Sergeant Keeley) / Sam Levene (Joseph Samuels) / Gloria Grahame (Ginny Tremaine)
Why Stream This Film?
Two extraordinary films about anti-Semitism opened that year, Crossfire and Gentleman’s Agreement. Crossfire was nominated for an Oscar; Gentleman’s Agreement  won the Oscar. In all fairness, it should have been a tie.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 85%
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert Ryan); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Gloria Grahame);  Best Director (Edward Dmytryk); Best Screenplay (John Paxton)
  • National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Nominated, Best Film; Best Director (Edward Dmytryk)
Crossfire is a frank spotlight on anti-Semitism. Producer Dore Schary, in association with Adrian Scott, has pulled no punches. There is no fol-de-rol as intermarriage or clubs that exclude Jews. Here is a hard-hitting film whose whodunit aspects are fundamentally incidental to the overall thesis of bigotry and race prejudice.

Variety staff

Mr. Dmytryk has handled most excellently a superlative cast. Robert Ryan is frighteningly real as the hard, sinewy, loud-mouthed, insolent murderer and Robert Mitchum, Steve Brodie, and George Cooper are variously revealing as his pals.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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