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Friday, January 2, 2015

"Crossfire" (1947)

It's all about the acting in this solid film noir mystery, with a bit of social consciousness thrown in to boot. Robert Young is the police detective who has to unravel a murder that's taken place among a group of homefront servicemen in Washington D.C. Told mostly in flashbacks and atmospheric chiaroscuro we learn the misdeed is an ugly hate crime (before the concept had a name). Fine performances from Gloria Graham and Robert Ryan as the heavy make it top notch viewing that's still timely today. 

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