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Crack-Up

1946 1h 33m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 43% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
George Steele (Pat O'Brien), an expert in detecting forged paintings, is caught breaking into an art museum one night, and seeks the help of psychiatrist Dr. Lowell (Ray Collins) hoping to find some explanation for his irrational actions. With the aid of reporter Terry Cordell (Claire Trevor), George retraces his steps and discovers he's been set up. Soon the forgery expert is sought as a murder suspect and must find the mastermind behind the plot to ruin his name before it's too late. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The art lesson didn't register, but as a thriller Crack-Up wasn't a disaster. Rated: B Jun 10, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Effective thriller with a few big plot holes. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/24 Full Review bill t Fun little noir here featuring a pretty ridiculous plot. An art critic gets caught up in the world of forgeries when an innocent lecture he gives sets off a tulmutuous chain of events, including a train crash noone else believes happened except himself! Of course, noone in noir-land can't be trusted, and he must go beyond the law to figure out what happened. Highly unusual because of the theme (the art world!) and a fun watch! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review deke p Great film Noir, 1946! PAT OBRIEN as an art critic turned sleut (instead of playing a priest.). Museum murder mystery. Never heard o b4 saw on the Movie Chanel, 4.1.21 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Joshua V Good story.. decent Noir film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 04/02/21 Full Review ashley h Crack-Up is an okay film. It is about an art curator George Steele experiences a train wreck. Pat O'Brien and Claire Trevor give decent performances. The script is a little slow in places. Irving Reis did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and mystery. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The Highlights of the Film are Noir. The Surreal Train Sequences, the Creepy Docks, and the Night Time Exteriors are Layered in Shadows and Render Foreboding Scenes. A Strong Cast and a Visually Arresting Movie with some Great Quotable Noir Dialog Elevate this Above a Muddled Plot. It is a Crackerjack Film-Noir and One that has been Mostly Ignored and Given Only Cursory Consideration. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis George Steele (Pat O'Brien), an expert in detecting forged paintings, is caught breaking into an art museum one night, and seeks the help of psychiatrist Dr. Lowell (Ray Collins) hoping to find some explanation for his irrational actions. With the aid of reporter Terry Cordell (Claire Trevor), George retraces his steps and discovers he's been set up. Soon the forgery expert is sought as a murder suspect and must find the mastermind behind the plot to ruin his name before it's too late.
Director
Irving Reis
Producer
Jack J. Gross
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
May 26, 2009
Runtime
1h 33m