Across the Bridge

1957

Ken Annakin
Director
J. Arthur Rank Organisation
Studio

Corrupt businessman Steiger flees Scotland Yard to Mexico. On the way there he kills an acquaintance on the train and steals his identity. He quickly finds the man he killed was running from his own troubles, as well as the fact that the dead man isn't dead. . .

Well done morality tale disguised as a crime story, one of the best film adaptations of Greene, told with efficiency (and an excellent performance by Dolores as the dog/embodiment of guilty conscience). Some of the acting is variable, and the American ambience not always convincing, but still pretty close to what one would call "a lost classic." That does depend on how high a tolerance you have for Steiger's at times very hammy method acting, of course. James Bernard's score does sort of convince one that Steiger is going to turn into a monster at certain points, though.

-Dave W.


Across the Bridge
20th August 1957
Cinema



103 mins
1.75:1



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Rod Steiger
Carl Schaffner
Rod Steiger
Carl Schaffner
David Knight
Johnny
Noel Willman
Chief of Police
Marla Landi
Mary
Dolores
Dolores
Bernard Lee
Chief Inspector Hadden
Eric Pohlmann
Police Sergeant
Alan Gifford
Cooper
Ingeborg Wells
Mrs. Scarff
Bill Nagy
Paul Scarff
Faith Brook
Kay
Marianne Deeming
Anna
Stanley Maxted
Milton
Mark Baker
Baggage Man
Jack Lester
Sam
Jon Farrell
Stationmaster
Betty Cooper
Miss Hilton
Noel Drayton
Reporter
John Hayward
Reporter
Ryck Rydon
Reporter
Murray Kash
Reporter
Michael Bell
Reporter
Don Gilliland
Reporter
Unknown 175
Reporter
Unknown 175
Reporter
Stratford Johns
Detective in Schaffner's Office
Jack Carter
Detective in Schaffner's Office
Unknown 175
Detective in Schaffner's Office
Fred Stroud
London Secretary
Ernest Blyth
London Office Worker
John Gale
Clifford
Roy Hines
Passerby at Train Station
(possibly)
Charles Richardson
Train Conductor
Mabel Etherington
Passerby at Train Station
Lionel Ngakane
First Train Attendant
Unknown 175
Train Passenger
J. Neil More
Train Passenger
Dan Jackson
Second Train Attendant
Unknown 175
Doctor
(Is this perhaps Graham Greene?)
Alf Mangan
Cafe Patron
Unknown 175
Mexican Policeman
Unknown 175
Mexican Policeman
(Weyman McKay?)
Unknown 175
Mexican Policeman
Unknown 175
Man Spitting at Schaffner
Robert Vossler
Policeman Guarding Chief's Office
Alf Mangan
Policeman Guarding Chief's Office
Unknown 175
Telegram Office Clerk
Unknown 175
Policeman in Telgraph Office
Unknown 175
Man Failing to Give Directions
Richard Dunn
Secretary
Philip Rose
Secretary
Elainor Johnson
Undetermined Role

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