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Crossroads (1942 film)

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Director  Jack Conway
Story by  Howard Emmett Rogers
Language  English
6.7/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Producer  Edwin H. Knopf
Country  United States
Crossroads (1942 film) movie poster
Release date  July 23, 1942 (1942-07-23) (New York)
Based on  the screenplay of the film Carrefour  by John H. Kafka
Writer  John H. Kafka (story), Howard Emmett Rogers (story), Guy Trosper (screenplay)
Cast  William Powell (David Talbot, aka Jean Pelletier), Hedy Lamarr (Lucienne Talbot), Claire Trevor (Michelle Allaine), Basil Rathbone (Henri Sarrou), Margaret Wycherly (Madame Pelletier), Felix Bressart (Dr. Andre Tessier)
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Tagline  Where women wait to seal your fate!

Crossroads is a 1942 mystery film noir directed by Jack Conway and starring William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor and Basil Rathbone. Powell plays a diplomat whose amnesia about his past comes back to trouble him.


Crossroads (1942 film) movie scenes


Crossroads (1942 film) movie scenes

In 1935, French Diplomat David Talbot (William Powell) and his bride Lucienne (Hedy Lamarr) are enjoying their third month of marriage in Paris when Talbot is confronted by extortionist Carlos Le Duc (Vladimir Sokoloff) who demands money in exchange for not turning him in to the police.

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During a trial of the extortionist, whose defense is that he was seeking a repayment of debt by a former criminal comrade, Talbot is accused of being that notorious criminal. Henri Sarrou (Basil Rathbone) testifies that he is not. Talbot claims that amnesia prevents him from knowing the truth and his story is backed up by a psychologist, Dr. Tessier (Felix Bressart). Le Duc is convicted.

Sarrou then visits Talbot at his home where we learn that Sarrou deliberately testified falsely to set up his blackmail scheme. He demands a million francs, half the loot from an alleged scheme he and Talbot (in his forgotten criminal phase) carried out.

Talbot subsequently struggles to discover the truth about his past, while keeping Sarrou at bay and his wife in the dark.


  • William Powell as David Talbot
  • Hedy Lamarr as Lucienne Talbot
  • Claire Trevor as Michelle Allaine
  • Basil Rathbone as Henri Sarrou
  • Margaret Wycherly as Madame Pelletier
  • Felix Bressart as Dr. Andre Tessier
  • Sig Ruman as Dr. Alex Dubroc
  • H.B. Warner as the Prosecuting Attorney
  • Philip Merivale as the Commissaire
  • Vladimir Sokoloff as Carlos Le Duc
  • Box Office

    According to MGM records the film earned $1,523,000 in the US and Canada and $798,000 elsewhere, making the studio a profit of $739,000.

    Critical response

    When the film was released, the staff at Variety magazine praised the film, writing "This is a Grade A whodunit, with a superlative cast. The novel story line, which would do credit to an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, has the added potency of Hedy Lamarr and William Powell ... It’s good, escapist drama, without a hint of the war despite its Parisian locale, circa 1935, and evidences excellent casting and good direction. The script likewise well turned out, though better pace would have put the film in the smash class. Its only fault is a perceptible slowness at times, although the running time is a reasonable 82 minutes, caused by a plenitude of talk."


    The film was adapted for a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on March 29, 1943, starring Jean-Pierre Aumont and Lana Turner.


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