Top Ten Contributors - Crossfire (1947)by milam_ogden | created - 02 Aug 2014 | updated - 02 Aug 2014 | Public
A controversial movie that was released in 1947 dealt with racism in the military in the form of bigotry toward Jewish soldiers. One of my favorite film noir movies, is listed on 7 of my top 10 lists in IMDb. This includes the director, screenwriter, and five actors(Mitchum, Ryan, Grahame, Kelly and Kelly).
Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer.
He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...
wrote the original story
Director | Crossfire
Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age ...
asked by RKO Pictures to direct
3. John Paxton
Writer | Murder, My Sweet
Started as a journalist and publicist, prior to his arrival in Hollywood as a contract screenwriter of tough crime dramas and minor films noir for RKO (1944-1947) and Columbia (1954-1957).
responsible for the screenplay
4. Roy Webb
Composer | Notorious
Trained in classical music at Columbia University, Webb worked on Broadway by the time he was in his mid-20's, not only composing incidental music, but co-writing original plays with his older brother, the director Kenneth S. Webb. By 1923, he worked as conductor/arranger on hit shows like "Music ...
provided the musical score
6. Robert Young
Actor | Father Knows Best
Quiet, soft-spoken Robert grew up in California and had some stage experience with the Pasadena Playhouse before entering films in 1931. His movie career consisted of playing characters who were charming, good-looking--and bland. In fact, his screen image was such that he usually never got the girl...
plays lead investigator Finley
Actor | Out of the Past
Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a ...
plays solider Keeley who assists Young with his investigation
8. Robert Ryan
Actor | The Dirty Dozen
Distinguished U.S. actor and longtime civil rights campaigner Robert Bushnell Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Mable Arbutus (Bushnell), a secretary, and Timothy Aloysius Ryan, whose wealthy family owned a real estate firm. His father was of Irish ancestry, and his mother was of English and ...
plays the racist solider Montgomery
Actress | The Bad and the Beautiful
Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever (1944) was ...
plays Ginny, a floozy involved in the case
10. Paul Kelly
Actor | Crossfire
In retrospect, actor Paul Kelly may have had more high drama in his off-camera life than he did in his rich stage and screen life. How many Broadway and/or Hollywood actors have survived career-wise after serving a prison term for manslaughter? Kelly, whose drive, ambition and talent were ...
I cannot believe there is not a photo of this fine character actor in the IMDb