The Crooked Way (1949)

This is great Film Noir.

John Payne is Eddie, a returning WWII vet with shrapnel in his brain. It’s causing him to have amnesia.  He leaves a San Francisco hospital and heads back home to L.A. to try and find out what his life is all about. He isn’t there for five minutes and the coppers want him out of town for good and the local gangster isn’t happy to see him either. Ellen Drew is a hostess at The Golden Horn gambling club. Her job, “Push the fat pigeons to the tables.” She’s not too thrilled to see Eddie.

How it all comes together makes this a great, fast paced movie. Rhys Williams is excellent as a homicide cop and Percy Helton does his usual great job. Helton’s name may not ring a bell, but his voice and look is instantly recognizable from many movies and TV shows. Sonny Tufts is terrific as the gangster.


About vintage45

I'm a big fan of vintage books,movies,TV shows and music. I encourage everyone to patronize your local used book/record store and pick up some of the good stuff. My posts are capsule reviews of some favorites that you may want to investigate. The albums posted aren't really reviews but items from my collection that are still available. I try and point out highlights of each one and let the music speak for itself. Thanks to all for checking out the blog.
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