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DVD Features:

  • Commentary by Film Historians Alain Silver and James Ursini, with Audio Interview Excerpts of Director Edward Dmytryk
  • Featurette Crossfire: Hate is Like a Gun
  • Subtitles in English, French and Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1947
  • Label: Turner Home Ent
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: Hate Is like a Gun

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Years of police work have taught Detective Finlay that where there's crime, there's motive. But he finds no usual motive when investigating the beating death of a man. The man was killed because he was a Jew. "Hate," Finlay says, "is like a gun."

Robert Young portrays Finlay, Robert Mitchum is a laconic army sergeant assisting in the investigation of G.I. suspects and Robert Ryan plays a vicious bigot in a landmark film noir nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. Edward Dmytryk (Murder, My Sweet) directs, draping the genre's stylistic backdrops and flourishes around a topic rarely before explored in films: anti-Semitism in the U.S. Here, Hollywood took aim at injustice...and caught bigotry in a Crossfire.

Product Description:

This unusual and worthwhile black-and-white film noir was one of the first movies to deal with issues of anti-Semitism. A weary Washington detective (Robert Young) must get to the bottom of a seemingly motive-lacking murder, with the prime suspect a boozy soldier who can only vaguely recall the events of the night. The story really digs its heels into lots of postwar issues--how soldiers need a place to put all their violence once the war is over and the other problems of readjusting to civilian life. Robert Mitchum stars as a friend of the accused soldier who helps the detective solve the case.

Edward Dmytryk had already established himself as a fine noir director with MURDER, MY SWEET, made a few years earlier. Here he takes the shadowy, midnight world of desperate people and seedy dives and slyly turns it into a vehicle for the exploration of bigotry. The result is a quietly stunning, low-key classic. Young is especially good as the detective and gets ample help from Mitchum and Robert Ryan in this well-written, atmospheric drama.

Plot Synopsis:

CROSSFIRE is a rare 1940s indictment of anti-Semitism and bigotry. The theme is wrapped around a murder case with Robert Ryan as the hateful murderer.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: July 22, 1947.
  • The murder victim in the source novel THE BRICK FOXHOLE was killed because he was gay. However, the producers thought this was too risqué and made the victim Jewish.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 65,299
  • UPC: 053939724929
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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