Thursday, January 12, 2012

CRISS CROSS (1949)

Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo have been in a troubled on-again-off-again relationship for years. At one point they were even married, but it only lasted for a few months before they busted up and Burt hit the road for over a year in hopes of getting her out of his system. Now he's returned and wouldn't you know it? He ain't even been back one full day and he's going around looking for her. Well, he finds her and quickly discovers that she's now the main squeeze of a local gangster (the great Dan Duryea), but that's not gonna slow him down though. Ohhh no, Burt is head over heels for this chick and no matter how bad is gets. "Bad" doesn't quite cover it though when, in order to cover up their relationship from the gangster dude Burt has to agree to be the inside man on a armored car heist!!! Holy fook! I've had some good pussy in my day, but ain't none of it ever been that good!

Off the top of my head I can't really think of much to say about CC other than it's a highly entertaining film packed into a tight 87 minutes and it has a lot of things going for it, most notably Burt Lancaster, director Robert Siodmak, a pre-"Munsters" Yvonne De Carlo and nice photography by Franz Planer. If you're into film noir then I say check it out. I think you'll enjoy it.
A young and uncredited Tony Curtis.