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Cry of the City

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1948
  • Robert Siodmak
  • 91 mins
  • PG

Summary

Film noir starring Victor Mature and Richard Conte. A New York police lieutenant relentlessly pursues his childhood friend, a gangster who has killed a cop during a jewellery robbery.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

One of the toughest and most uncompromising examples from that great period of 20th Century-Fox film noir, this is an emotive and exciting study of the relationship between one-time boyhood pals, gangster Richard Conte and cop Victor Mature. Richard Murphy's screenplay (from Henry Helseth's novel The Chair for Martin Rome) is adult and clever, and expressionist émigré director Robert Siodmak knows exactly how to paint this particular ultra-urban picture, aided by the brilliant use of Alfred Newman's classic tone poem Street Scene. The female casting is particularly quirky: watch for Hope Emerson's censor-baiting masseuse, and super support work from Shelley Winters and the burgeoning Debra Paget. For those who have been unable to take Mature seriously as an actor, this ranks with his best work, alongside his Doc Holliday in My Darling Clementine: it's a finely etched and undeniably sympathetic performance of some power.

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Credits

Cast

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Lt Vittorio CandellaVictor Mature
Martin RomeRichard Conte
Lt Jim CollinsFred Clark
BrendaShelley Winters
Miss Florence PruettBetty Garde
NilesBerry Kroeger
Tony RomeTommy Cook
Teena RicontiDebra Paget
Rose GivenHope Emerson
LedbetterRoland Winters
OrvyWalter Baldwin
Miss BooneJune Storey

Crew

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DirectorRobert Siodmak

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI
Released on
2015-04-17
Languages
English | Latin | Italian
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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