directed by Robert Florey
USA 1949


1949's "The Crooked Way" is an obscure but highly enjoyable film noir, with some of the most stylish noir photography and lighting I've ever seen. This is because the cinematography was handled by the legendary John Alton, the most recognized and respected name in film noir cinematography. To be honest, I've never thought of John Payne as a great actor. However, with his gloomy, cynical personality and his frequent frowning, he was perfect for film noir, and appeared in several classics besides this one ("Kansas City Confidential", "Slightly Scarlet", "99 River Street", "Hell's Island"). With sharp dialogue, a well-crafted and fast-paced plot, and amazing cinematography, "The Crooked Way" is a great film noir that deserves a better reputation.

Excerpt from David Forehand's review located HERE


Theatrical Release: 22 April 1949

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DVD Review: Geneon Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:25:51

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.71 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Geneon Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
Slim transparent case

Chapters 19


Comments The plot of this B film-noir is similar to Somewhere in the Night that Fox released on DVD in Sept. 2005. John Payne stars as Eddie Rice, a war veteran who has lost his memory trying to piece together his life before going to war. The straight-forward crime story is complemented by the terrific cinematography by John Alton. Geneon Entertainment bare-bones DVD is a welcome release of this rarely seen film. The presentation is much better than most Alpha releases, but like their Big Combo disc, it suffers from ghosting and blurring during many motion scenes (see last capture). Like other Cinema Deluxe releases, the DVD comes in ultra-thin case. Geneon provided generous 19 chapters, but there are no menus and the disc starts playing once the disc is inserted and stops when the film is over. Considering really cheap price and the rarity of the film, it comes highly recommended until something better comes along.

 - Gregory Meshman


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