Crossfire is a 1947 American film noir drama film starring Robert Young, Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan which deals with the theme of anti-Semitism, as did that year's Academy Award for Best Picture winner, Gentleman's Agreement. The film was directed by Edward Dmytryk and the screenplay was written by John Paxton, based on the 1945 novel The Brick Foxhole by screenwriter and director Richard Brooks. The film's supporting cast features Gloria Grahame and Sam Levene. The picture received five Oscar nominations, including Ryan for Best Supporting Actor and Gloria Grahame for Best Supporting Actress. It was the first B movie to receive a Best Picture nomination.
In the opening scene, a man is seen beating a Jewish man named Joseph Samuels to death in a hotel room. After the police are called in to investigate his murder, officer Capt. Finlay suspects that the murderer may be among a group of demobilized soldiers who had been with Samuels and his female companion at a hotel bar the night of his death.
|author||John Paxton Richard Brooks|
|award||National Board of Review: Top Ten Films|
|keywords||antisemitism beat build drink hear help hotel bar hotel room jewish man kill meet morning movie theater open police station prime suspect set up talk|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|productionCompany||RKO Radio Pictures|
|publisher||RKO Radio Pictures|
|theme||b movie film noir|