Oct 062017

Cross Fire isn’t a great movie featuring some poor performances and a stilted screenplay.



Cross Fire
— Warner Archive Collection —


Genre(s): Drama, Crime
Warner Archive | NR – 55 min. – $21.99 | September 13, 2017

Date Published: 10/06/2017 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Otto Brower
Writer(s): Harold Shumate (story) (screenplay)
Cast: Tom Keene, Betty Furness, Edgar Kennedy
Features: None
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Video: Full Frame 1.33
Subtitles: None
Region(s): 1




Tom Allan (TOM KEENE) is the foreman of the Sierra Mining Company, working under its board of five kindly coots, blacksmith Mayor Charlie Rudorph (THOMAS BROWER), Judge Whitney Wilson (JULES COWLES), Dr. Miles Styles (NICK COGLEY), banker Jonathan Wheeler (CHARLES K. FRENCH) and rancher Daniel Plummer (LAFE MCKEE). When Tom heads off to serve in World War One, Bert King (Edward Phillips) is appointed to run the ranch, but Bert is not who he appears. Framed for murder, the surviving members of the board head for hills, hiding from Bert and his crony, Krueger (STANLEY BLYSTONE). When Tom returns with pal Ed Wimpy (EDGAR KENNEDY) along for the ride, Sheriff Wells (MURDOCK MACQUARRIE) persuades Tom to become a deputy in order to undo the injustice. But Bert has acquired an army surplus machine gun…



No features were included.


VIDEO – 2.75/5, AUDIO – 3.0/5

Cross Fire comes to DVD-R through the Warner Archive Collection (MOD) and is shown in its original 1.33 full frame aspect ratio. The picture, like many of these older films from WAC, doesn’t look the best with scratches and dirt aplenty while the Dolby Digital Mono track is adequate but certainly not fantastic, but dialogue levels at least sound clear enough even with the pops and hisses that permeate.

OVERALL – 2.0/5

Overall, Cross Fire isn’t a great movie featuring some poor performances and a stilted screenplay. The DVD meanwhile is barebones and the video/audio transfers were only okay considering the age and the fact no restoration work was done.
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