Crossfire (1947)-Great NOIR with Robert Young, Gloria Grahame, Paul Kelly, George Cooper, Robert Ryan, and Robert Mitchum!

On TCM Monday 11/28/16- Oscar nominated Crossfire (1947) set in post WWII DC where great director Edward Dmytryk utilizes NOIR technique (first person narrated flashbacks told with harsh lighting & shadows) and compelling psychologically driven characterizations: Robert Young as the calm pipe smoking fair cop; Oscar nominated here Gloria Grahame as Ginny, the tough understanding lady; Paul Kelly as the mysterious friendly man in Ginny’s apartment; unknown George Cooper in a strong performance as the depressed GI; also Oscar nominated here Robert Ryan brilliant as the hate monger; and my favorite Robert Mitchum as the charismatic Sgt. Keeley who has clarity about what is going on here: “the snakes are loose.”- to result in a socially conscious movie about post-traumatic stress and hate crimes.    mysterious friendly man in Ginny’s apartment; unknown George Cooper in a strong performance as the depressed GI; also Oscar nominated here Robert Ryan brilliant as the hate monger: and my favorite Robert Mitchum as the charismatic Sgt. Keeley who has clarity about what is going on here: “the snakes are loose.” —to result in a socially conscious movie about post-traumatic stress and hate crimes.

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