Cry Danger Reviews

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Super Reviewer
June 27, 2010
seriously underrated noir with dick powell in marlowe mode. always fun to see him play a hard guy with plenty of snappy dialogue, as seen in 'murder, my sweet.' terrific russian roulette scene!
Super Reviewer
September 10, 2009
Framed for a crime he never committed, Rocky (Dick Powell) is fresh outta' prison and looking for a little payback. Cry Danger is chocked full of all the elements noir fans slobber over. Powell is rock solid and Rhonda Fleming looks absolutely edible.
Super Reviewer
½ February 4, 2011
Average crime drama has competent players and a tight running time with some nice wry humour but it's pretty much run of the mill otherwise.
January 17, 2013
so glad they were able 2 save & restore this noir in which powell like in 'murder, my sweet' plays a hard guy with lots of snappy dialogue and rhonda flemming!
December 14, 2009
Cry Danger (1951)

Wow! I finally saw this movie on TCM and fell in love with it. This RKO film noir is fantastic with great acting and a smart, fast-moving dialog.

A small time wheelman, Rocky Mulloy (Dick Powell) gets off a train in LA, pardoned from a five year stint of a life sentence in prison. He's met at the station by detective Lieutenant Gus Cobb (Regis Toomey) and returning Veteran Delong (Richard Erdman).

Lieutenant Cobb warns Rocky that he's going to keep an eye on him until he finds him with the missing bankroll that he's still suspected of stealing. Or, to follow him to the people who did the stealing of it. That is, unless he gets himself shot in the process.

Delong, who got Rocky released as a missing witness to Rocky's alibi, is also going to hang around, if the bankroll shows up. He really didn't meet Rocky on that fateful day, but wants in on the money anyway. Delong becomes Rocky's drunken, one-legged sidekick. The problem is, that Rocky didn't have anything to do with the robbery or murder and is determined to get the guys who did and framed him.

He also wanted to clear his good friend who is still in prison. He moves into the trailer park that his friend's Wife, Nancy Morgan (Rhonda Fleming) is staying. Delong hooks up with a hot pick-pocketing blonde, Darlene LaVonne (Jean Porter), while Rocky goes after the gangster Louie Castro (William Conrad) who planned the whole bank job to begin with.

The movie is filled with wise-cracking dialog and deceptive femme fatales, and double-crosses, that you would come to expect from a Dick Powell film noir from the 50s. If you liked him in "Murder My Sweet", you'll love him in this one. The Los Angeles backdrop looks incredibly seedy and I love the boat of a car that these guys drive around LA in.
½ December 3, 2009
First rate crime revenge drama, a good film noir example. Great black and white cinematography and a fine cast, particularly Dick Powell. Well made, suspenseful. The slow pacing really works for the film.
½ June 4, 2014
Dick Powell is just out of the slammer, released from a life sentence because an ex-marine has turned up to validate his "drinking night" alibi for a robbery he didn't commit. He aims to set things straight and find the evidence that will free his buddy still in jail on an accessory charge. The police (and the ex-marine) want to see if he knows where the loot is. Director Parrish holds all the cards and only reveals them to us one at a time, keeping secret what Powell knows, who he suspects, and just exactly how he plans to tie up all the loose ends left hanging when he was sent up. Powell, the former child crooner (e.g., 42nd Street), sticks with his post-war persona (hard-boiled, tough as nails, and always ready with a wry quip) in this noir that brings together almost all of the hallmarks of the genre but feels a bit loopier than usual.
January 18, 2013
I don't usually enjoy film noir, but I caught this one on TCM one night and thought it was pretty good. Snappy dialogue, well paced, good story.
September 14, 2012
Suspenseful, intriguing, and very intense noir piece about double crossing, treason, and deceitful dames. Very underrated movie that shows Dick Powell's fantastic acting skills, as he wonders through the dangerous streets of his home town, five years after he was framed for robbery, looking for the ones who framed him. The russian roulette scene will surely make your heart race.
January 8, 2012
Hard-boiled right down to its bones. "Cry Danger" doesn't quite make the grade a a great film but it is a really fun hard-boiled melodrama with snappy hard-boiled dialog. The wry off-hand wit of the often terse dialog and the brisk pacing propel the story through the film's hour and twenty minute running time without much chance for the audience's interest to lag.
June 4, 2011
Mostly daytime scenes, which is weird for noir, but some nice performances aided by snappy, and often funny, dialogue. Very lean, efficient thriller.
½ October 9, 2006
First rate crime revenge drama, a good film noir example. Great black and white cinematography and a fine cast, particularly Dick Powell. Well made, suspenseful. The slow pacing really works for the film.
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