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The Crooked Way Details


Postwar films were festooned with amnesiac ex-GIs who found themselves mixed up with crime. In The Crooked Way, John Payne plays memory-deficient veteran Eddie Rice, who runs afoul of mobster Vince Alexander (Sonny Tufts) and police inspector Lt. Williams (Rhys Williams). Both the crooks and the cops seem to have good reason to despise Rice, and he'd like to find out why. He won't get any help from his wife Nina (Ellen Drew), however, since she is as hostile towards Rice as everyone else. Gradually, Rice puts the pieces together and discovers that he's far better off not remembering his former self. Film noir habitues Percy Helton, John Doucette and Greta Grandstedt are eminently suited to their minor roles. The Crooked Way was based on "No Blade Too Sharp", a radio drama by Robert Monroe. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


John Payne
as Eddie Rice
Sonny Tufts
as Vince Alexander
Ellen Drew
as Nina
Rhys Williams
as Lt. Williams
Percy Helton
as Petey
John Doucette
as Sgt. Barrett
Greta Granstedt
as Hazel
Crane Whitley
as Dr. Kemble


Robert Florey
Benedict E. Bogeaus
John Alton
Louis Forbes
Composer (Music Score)
Van Nest Polglase
Production Designer
Joseph Kish
Set Designer