Crossfire

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Released 1947

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Director:
Edward Dmytryk
Released:
1947
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Crossfire is a 1947 Oscar-nominated crime-noir written by John Paxton and directed by Edward Dmytryk. It is based on a novel of the same name written by Richard Brooks. Homicide Capt. Finlay (Robert Young) is a jaded police detective investigating the beating death of a Jewish man, Samuels (Sam Levene). No motive is apparent and it seems like the man was targeted and killed because he was Jewish. What little evidence that does exist points toward a soldier named Mitchell (George Cooper). As Finlay works his investigation, Army investigator Sergeant Keeley (Robert Mitchum) begins his own. However, he is burdened by the fact that Mitchell is a close friend. Both investigators slowly unravel the truth behind the murder and, while doing, so uncover rampant antisemitism within the ranks of the Army. The Finlay and Keeley come together in a race to save an innocent and find the real murders before the Army's bureaucracy works to coverup the crime.

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Crime