Criss Cross

Arguably the prototypical Los Angeles noir and featuring extensive location photography in the Bunker Hill neighborhood shortly before it was razed to the ground, CRISS CROSS sees Lancaster donning the role of Steve Thompson, an armored truck driver who returns to Los Angeles in an attempt to rekindle a relationship with his estranged wife Anna (Yvonne De Carlo). However, Anna has fallen for mobster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). Despite Anna’s new marriage to Slim, she and Steve carry on an affair, but when Slim catches them, Steve is desperate for an explanation: a risky heist involving all of them, the target being Steve’s own armored truck. “An archly noir story replete with triple and quadruple crosses, leading up to one of the most shockingly cynical endings in the whole genre.”—Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader.

Appears in: Forever Burt

Genres: Crime, Drama, Film Noir

Other Films by Robert Siodmak


The Killers

A critical and commercial smash featuring Lancaster’s screen debut as Swede, a man running from his past who’s too tired to run anymore, THE KILLERS is one of the key film noirs of the 1940s and one of the most atmospheric and tense films of the classical Hollywood period. In an unnamed rural town, Swede


The Crimson Pirate

The most successful of Lancaster’s many action-packed swashbucklers made for his Hecht-Hill-Lancaster production company, THE CRIMSON PIRATE features Lancaster as Captain Vallo, leader of a ship of pirates intent on disrupting the plans of the British navy, who are sailing through the Caribbean to quash a rebellion on the island of Cobra. Aided by his