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Crossroads (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | July 1942 (USA)
An amnesiac French diplomat is blackmailed for crimes that he committed before he lost his memory.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Guy Trosper (screenplay), John H. Kafka (story) (as John Kafka) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... David Talbot
Hedy Lamarr ... Lucienne Talbot
Claire Trevor ... Michelle Allaine
Basil Rathbone ... Henri Sarrou
Margaret Wycherly ... Madame Pelletier
Felix Bressart ... Dr. Andre Tessier
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Alex Dubroc
H.B. Warner ... Prosecuting Attorney
Philip Merivale ... Commissaire
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Storyline

1935. David Talbot is a successful and well-respected member of the French Foreign Service, currently based in Paris. Everything in his life is going his way: he is responsible for handling a large public trust, is pegged as the next French Ambassador to Brazil, and is still in the honeymoon phase of his marriage to his newlywed bride, Lucienne Talbot. He receives a letter addressed to "Jean" - he knowing it is for him as David Talbot is the addressee on the envelope - asking for the FF1 million owed. He eventually learns that the letter is he being accused of really being Jean Pelletier, who committed a bank robbery and murder in 1922, that 1 million half the take probably owed to Pelletier's partner(s). Part of David's known history is that he was long ago treated by Dr. Andre Tessier - still a close friend - for amnesia the result of a physical trauma, and that the one person who could positively identify him did so as David Talbot, that person now deceased. Everything that Tessier... Written by Huggo

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They called him Murderer and made him believe it! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidas encontradas See more »

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Budget:

$846,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Reginald Owen (Concierge), George Davis (Clerk) and Grace Hayle (Patient) are in studio records for those roles, but they were not seen in the film. See more »

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Although the story takes place in 1935, all of the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly in the 1942 mode, which was significantly different from 1935. See more »

Quotes

Lucienne Talbot: Forgive me, Monsieur, but, I had to ask you one more question. If a girl fell in - I mean, if a girl were to be attracted by a nice young diplomat and wanted to go home with him, would the Foreign Office approve?
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Soundtracks

'Til You Return
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
[Instrumental version played during the opening credits, then later sung by Michelle Allaine (Claire Trevor - uncredited) at the nightclub (probably dubbed)]
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a mystery wrapped in an enigma
10 August 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

William Powell is a rising diplomat whose past may - or may not - have come back to haunt him in "Crossroads," also starring Hedy Lamarr, Basil Rathbone, and Claire Trevor. Powell plays David Talbot, a successful man with the French government, who is happily married to Lucienne (Lamarr) when he is accused of being a criminal named Jean Pelletier. He is blackmailed by the slimy Sarrou (Rathbone) and the flashy Michelle (Trevor). In fact, Talbot has amnesia and doesn't remember anything before the last 13 years. Is he Pelletier or isn't he?

This is an interesting story with a huge hole in it, but nevertheless, the cast is talented and the story intriguing enough to keep the viewer interested. Powell is excellent in a serious role, which by this time had become somewhat unusual for him, and Lamarr is lovely as his wife and looks beautiful. No surprise there. Rathbone and Trevor make a neat pair of crooks.

"Crossroads" makes for fun watching. Just don't think about it too much.


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