Crack-Up (1946) - Rotten Tomatoes


Crack-Up (1946)





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George Steele (Pat O'Brien), an expert on art forgeries, is fired from his job at a famous art museum because of his erratic behavior. George insists that he was involved in a train accident, but he is suffering from a black-out and cannot remember any of the events. Anxious to clear his name, George, aided by both his girlfriend Terry (Claire Trevor) and a newspaper reporter and undercover Scotland Yard agent Traybin (Herbert Marshall), who is investigating a ring of art forgers. Under the influence of sodium pentothal, George discovers that he was framed to avoid his discovery of several forgeries. George must now escape the gang and save his own life when they learn of this knowledge. Crack-Up is often neglected but remains an interesting, if somewhat implausible thriller, featuring a strong performance by Pat O'Brien, and with an interesting, post-war undertone of paranoia as George struggles to save himself and the art from the evil, selfish collectors, who would keep it for themselves.


Pat O'Brien
as George Steele
Claire Trevor
as Terry Cordell
Ray Collins
as Dr. Lowell
Wallace Ford
as Lt. Cochrane
Dean Harens
as Reynolds
Damian O'Flynn
as Museum Curator Stevenson
Erskine Sanford
as Museum Director Barton
Mary Ware
as Mary Ware
Robert Bray
as Man with Drunk
Bob White
as Drunk
Al Hill
as Gambler
Carl Hanson
as Gambler
Roger Creed
as Gambler
Horace Murphy
as Conductor
Alvin Hammer
as Milquetoast
Tiny Jones
as Old Lady
Sam Lufkin
as Detective
Carl Faulkner
as Detective
Carl Hansen
as Gambler
Bob Pepper
as Intern
Frank Moran
as Bartender
Kernan Cripps
as Ticket Clerk
Rose Plummer
as Impatient Woman
Shimen Ruskin
as Wide-Eyed Man
Bonnie Blair
as Dorothy
Dick Rush
as Ship's Captain
Delmar Costello
as Deck Hand
Guy Beach
as Station
John Indrisano
as Detective
Dick Ryan
as Butler
Jack Cheatham
as Attendant
Belle Green
as Woman in Audience
Alf Haugan
as Man in Audience
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The art lesson didn't register, but as a thriller Crack-Up wasn't a disaster.

June 10, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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