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Crooked Way
     

The Crooked Way

Director: Robert Florey, John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew

Cast: Robert Florey, John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew

 

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Postwar films were festooned with amnesiac ex-GIs who found themselves mixed up with crime. In The Crooked Way, John Payne plays memory-deficient veteran Eddie Rice, who runs afoul of mobster Vince Alexander (Sonny Tufts) and police inspector Lt. Williams (Rhys Williams). Both the crooks and the cops seem to have good reason to despise Rice, and he'd like to

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Postwar films were festooned with amnesiac ex-GIs who found themselves mixed up with crime. In The Crooked Way, John Payne plays memory-deficient veteran Eddie Rice, who runs afoul of mobster Vince Alexander (Sonny Tufts) and police inspector Lt. Williams (Rhys Williams). Both the crooks and the cops seem to have good reason to despise Rice, and he'd like to find out why. He won't get any help from his wife Nina (Ellen Drew), however, since she is as hostile towards Rice as everyone else. Gradually, Rice puts the pieces together and discovers that he's far better off not remembering his former self. Film noir habitues Percy Helton, John Doucette and Greta Grandstedt are eminently suited to their minor roles. The Crooked Way was based on "No Blade Too Sharp," a radio drama by Robert Monroe.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While not as good as the similar Somewhere in the Night, The Crooked Way is still a very satisfying, if flawed, film noir. Crooked's set-up is familiar, not just from Somewhere in the Night, as it deals with that special kind of amnesia that really exists only in films and television. It's a device, and a clichéd one, but it's effective as a way of setting up an intriguing situation, and Crooked uses the device to good ends. Unfortunately, some of the plotting along the way is a trifle messy, and the story never flows as naturally or as smoothly as one might wish. Director Robert Florey can't find a way to disguise this flaw, but he does work with brilliant cinematographer John Alton to create a visually stunning work, filled with atmosphere and tension. Alton's work is excellent, a study in noir camerawork that immerses the viewer in the world of the film and never lets him out. The cast is also strong, with John Payne turning in one of his best performances and Sonny Tufts working against type quite effectively. Ellen Drew is also a welcome addition, although one regrets that her character loses its edge after she "comes around" to believing the hero's story. Crooked also features a great climax, even if it isn't set up in the most believable fashion.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/08/2015
UPC:
0738329154127
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
22,813

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Payne Eddie Rice
Sonny Tufts Vince Alexander
Ellen Drew Nina
Rhys Williams Lt. Williams
Percy Helton Petey
John Doucette Sgt. Barrett
Charles Evans Capt. Anderson
Greta Granstedt Hazel
Harry Bronson Danny
Hal Fieberling Coke
Crane Whitley Dr. Kemble
John Harmon Kelly
Harry "Snub" Pollard Newsboy

Technical Credits
Robert Florey Director
John Alton Cinematographer
Benedict E. Bogeaus Producer
Louis Forbes Score Composer
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Richard Landau Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Production Designer
Frank Sullivan Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Crooked Way
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [9:11]
3. Chapter 3 [8:57]
4. Chapter 4 [11:40]
5. Chapter 5 [16:55]
6. Chapter 6 [15:13]
7. Chapter 7 [9:34]
8. Chapter 8 [9:29]
9. Chapter 9 [8:16]

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