Crossfire (1947)

Film Review

CROSSFIRE

Release Date: 22 July, 1947

Studio: RKO

Director: Edward Dmytryk

Starring: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan

Synopsis

Samuels, a Jew, is beaten to death in his apartment. The murderer is one of the three soldiers who visited him that evening. Inspector Finlay must determine the motive for the crime before he can catch the murderer. The statements of criminal reveal him and his motive.

Discussion

This film is part mystery and part forceful statement against anti-Semitism. Ryan's powerful performance dominates the film. Young is low key as the inspector. He goes through the film smoking a pipe, which may be intended to give him a stronger and more thoughtful appearance.