Crossfire (1947)

crossfire“Hating is always insane, always senseless. ” – Police Captain Finlay

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Sep 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After a man is found murdered, a detective begins to investigate whether a group of soldiers were involved in the crime.

My Take on it – This was another film that I finally got around to seeing after years of missing it.

I really liked the way that the detective story played out because it gave us the perspective of the investigator the whole time and we gathered clues and information along with him.

This also helped build up the suspense as we slowly begin to understand what happened and why.

The cast features three well known Roberts in important roles before they became more famous; Ryan, Mitchum and Young and they all do a great job here.

I’m not quite sure if this movie really deserved its Oscar nomination for Best Picture that year, but its message about tolerance really does resonate throughout.

This message was an even more poignant one following World War Two where all Americans banded together with our allies to fight the bigotry and evil of Fascism, but ultimately, bigotry against those who are different still continued to happen and still does today, 70 years onwards. Recommended!

Bottom Line -Liked the way that they played out the detective story here because they slowly build up the suspense and information that we can understand how and why the crime came to be committed. Excellent cast that shines despite all of them being early in their careers. Not sure if this really is deserving of a Best Picture Nomination, but the idea of tolerance was an important one to show in the days following World War II and because ending Fascism doesn’t necessarily end hatred. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robert Mitchum hated making the film, later claiming that any American actor could have played Keeley. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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