The Crooked Web
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|The Crooked Web|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nathan Juran|
(as Nathan Hertz Juran)
|Screenplay by||Lou Breslow|
|Story by||Lou Breslow|
|Edited by||Edwin H. Bryant|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|November 30, 1955|
Stan Fabian runs a drive-in restaurant with girlfriend Joanie Daniel, whose brother Frank turns up for a visit. Joanie has declined to marry Stan because he's strapped for cash, but Frank tempts him with a proposition, mentioning that he and a partner hid a stash of gold in Germany during the war.
Stan accepts an offer to help recover the gold for a cut of the loot. What he doesn't know is that Joanie and Frank are actually undercover cops. A rich businessman's son was apparently killed by Stan during a deal gone wrong, but the German police are unable to extradite him to charge him with a crime.
Frank pretends to shoot his partner, using blanks. He secretly meets with Berlin chief of police Koenig, pretending to be looking for the gold. Stan fears a double-cross, but confesses his wartime murder to Joanie, and is shocked to be placed under arrest.
- Frank Lovejoy as Stanley Fabian
- Mari Blanchard as Joanie Daniel
- Richard Denning as Frank Daniel
- John Mylong as Herr Koenig
- Harry Lauter as Sgt. Mike Jancoweizc
- Steven Ritch as Ramon 'Ray' Torres
- Lou Merrill as Herr Schmitt
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