Crossroads

Crossroads

Director: Jack Conway

Cast: Jack Conway, William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor

     
 

An innocent man is put on trial, but is he really as innocent as he claims? Diplomat David Talbot (William Powell) and his bride Lucienne (Hedy Lamarr) are enjoying a honeymoon in Paris when David is confronted by extortionists who demand money in exchange for not turning him in to the police. David has no idea what the men are talking about and ignores their threats,…  See more details below

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An innocent man is put on trial, but is he really as innocent as he claims? Diplomat David Talbot (William Powell) and his bride Lucienne (Hedy Lamarr) are enjoying a honeymoon in Paris when David is confronted by extortionists who demand money in exchange for not turning him in to the police. David has no idea what the men are talking about and ignores their threats, but the men prove good to their word, and David finds himself on trial for a series of thefts. At the trial, David's name is cleared when Henri Sarrow (Basil Rathbone) testifies that he knew the man who committed the crimes, a friend of his who recently died. However, after the trial, David meets Sarrow, who informs David that he lied under oath; according to Sarrow, David did indeed commit the robberies while suffering from amnesia after a severe blow to the head, and if he wants to keep the facts quiet, he'll do whatever Sarrow says.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although Crossroads ends up as only a middling thriller, it's worth a look from fans of lesser-known films in the Hitchcock-ian vein. Crossroads has a humdinger of a plot, one that is fascinatingly convoluted and keeps viewers constantly guessing as to the innocence of guilt of the lead character. Unfortunately, much of the plotting turns on some rather incredible points. With the proper handling, incredible plot points can be turned to an advantage, but screenwriter Guy Troper fudges this crucial element. His writing is too blatant and obvious, lacking the finesse and delicacy needed to smooth over the rough point. In addition, his dialogue is just a little too bland. Jack Conway's direction, while it gets things done, doesn't compensate for the flaws in the writing. Fortunately, Crossroads has a stellar cast to get the viewer over the rough spots. Although somewhat unbelievable as a French diplomat, William Powell is otherwise spot-on as the lead, keeping audience sympathy throughout. Hedy Lamarr is stunning to look at, and actually delivers a performance that is somewhat good. Claire Trevor is a delight as the female fly in the ointment, but it's Basil Rathbone who really steals the show as the scheming and duplicitous Sarrow.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2009
UPC:
0883316204948
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
12,683

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Performance Credits
William Powell David Talbot
Hedy Lamarr Lucienne Talbot
Claire Trevor Michelle Allaine
Basil Rathbone Henri Sarrow
Felix Bressart Dr. Andre Tessier
Margaret Wycherly Mme. Pelletier
H.B. Warner Prosecuting Attorney
Sig Rumann Dr. Alex Dubroc
Philip Merivale Commissaire
Vladimir Sokoloff Le Duc
Guy Bates Post President of Court
Fritz Leiber Deval
John Mylong Baron de Lorraine
Frank Conroy Defense Attorney
James Rennie Martin
Bertram Marburgh Landers
Harry Fleischmann Assistant Defense Attorney
Enrique Acosta Actor
Jack Chefe Actor
Guy D'Ennery Actor
George Davis Clerk
Jean del Val Court Clerk
William Edmunds Driver
Budd Fine Paris Policeman
Christian J. Frank Guard
Octavio Giraud Actor
Gibson Gowland Actor
Grace Hayle Patient
Alphonse Martell Headwaiter
Torben Meyer Old Man
Sandra Morgan Reporter
Ferdinand Munier Fat Man
Louis Natheaux Actor
Anna Q. Nilsson Mme. Deval
Reginald Owen Concierge
John Picorri Waiter
Theodore Rand Orchestra Leader
Billy Roy Actor
John St. Polis Professor
Hector V. Sarno Organ Grinder
Lester Sharpe Actor
Alice Ward Nurse Receptionist
Paul Weigel Actor
Marek Windheim Clerk at Airport
Adolph Faylauer Associate Judge
Alex Davidoff Detective
Armand Cortez Clerk
Irene Shirley Maid
Ralph Bushman Giant Policeman

Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
George Boemler Editor
John S. Detlie Art Director
Howard Dietz Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
John H. Kafka Original Story
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Edwin H. Knopf Producer
Howard Emmet Rogers Original Story
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Arthur Schwartz Songwriter
Guy Troper Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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