Cry of the City (1948)




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The opening scene of Robert Siodmak's grim film noir depicts police lieutenants Candella (Victor Mature) and Collins (Fred Clark) observing wounded cop killer Martin Rome (Richard Conte) receive last rites. Though Rome recovers, he still must elude Candella and Collins in his desperate attempt to escape his fate. Rome has two visitors in the hospital: his girlfriend, Teena (Debra Paget), who goes into hiding, and Niles (Berry Kroeger), a crooked lawyer. Niles tries to bribe Rome to take a jewel theft and homicide rap for a client of his since Rome is facing the electric chair anyway. When Rome refuses, Niles threatens to frame Teena as the client's female accomplice. Worried that Candella might find Teena, Rome breaks out of jail and goes to Niles' office to accept the offer, but he actually plans to leave the country with Teena. When Niles reneges, Rome kills him, but not before learning the accomplice's identity and discovering the stolen jewels in the lawyer's safe. Rome finds the accomplice, Rose Given (Hope Emerson), and offers to trade the jewelry for the means to leave the country. She agrees, and they arrange a meeting in the subway, but Rome informs Candella of the plan. When the police arrive, Candella is shot, Rose is arrested, and Rome escapes to meet up with Teena in a church. As he is trying to convince Teena to run away with him, a wounded Candella shows up and tells Teena how Rome uses people and that everyone who helped in his escape will be paying a price. Teena rejects Rome, and he runs again, only to be shot down by Candella. The moral order is ultimately restored, but no one has been left unscarred.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Shelley Winters
as Brenda Martingale
Richard Conte
as Martin Rome
Victor Mature
as Lt. Candella
Debra Paget
as Teena Riconti
Tom Moore
as Doctor
Fred Clark
as Lt. Collins
Kathleen Howard
as Mrs. Fruett's Mother
Oliver Blake
as Caputo
Hope Emerson
as Rose Given
Betty Garde
as Mrs. Pruett
Howard Freeman
as Sullivan
Berry Kroeger
as W.A. Niles
Vito Scotti
as Julio
Tommy Cook
as Tony Rome
Robert Karnes
as Intern
Roland Winters
as Ledbetter
Emil Rameau
as Dr Niklas
June Storey
as Miss Boone
Jane Nigh
as Nurse
Mimi Aguglia
as Mama Roma
Konstantin Shayne
as Dr. Veroff
Davison Clark
as Mounted policeman
Harry Carter
as Elevator operator
Charles Wagenheim
as Counterman
Tito Vuolo
as Papa Roma
Ken Christy
as Loomis
Martin Begley
as Bartender
John Cortay
as Policeman
Elena Savonarola
as Francesca
Tiny Francone
as Perdita
Claudette Ross
as Rosa's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Cry of the City

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Film noir doesn't get much murkier than Robert Siodmak's 1948 New York-set immigrant story.

Full Review… | April 12, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

It's an exciting motion picture, credibly put together to wring out every bit of strong action and tension inherent in such a plot.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Top Critic

Riveting example of Siodmak's skill not only in transforming indifferent material, but in giving the feel of studio noir to location shooting.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Cry of the City may be strident at times but its message, story and players are thoroughly effective.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

The beauty of Siodmak's film is how it objectively observes how a man acts with the spectre of death on his shoulder.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015
Little White Lies

In luscious blacks and whites, this film noir thriller takes place in Little Italy, New York, and is a precursor to the cinema of Scorsese, with a touch of Hitchcock in its affectionate embrace of man's dark side.

Full Review… | April 16, 2015
Times (UK)

Audience Reviews for Cry of the City

Riveting example of Siodmak's skill not only in transforming indifferent material, but in giving the feel of studio noir to location shooting.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Hard to find film noir. Worth the search however. Very stylish and very interesting throughout. Siodmak doesn't disappoint.

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