Cry of the City (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

Cast

Victor Mature
as Lt. Candella
Richard Conte
as Martin Rome
Shelley Winters
as Brenda Martingale
Debra Paget
as Teena Riconti
Fred Clark
as Lt. Collins
Betty Garde
as Mrs. Pruett
Berry Kroeger
as W.A. Niles
Tommy Cook
as Tony Rome
Hope Emerson
as Rose Given
Roland Winters
as Ledbetter
June Storey
as Miss Boone
Tito Vuolo
as Papa Roma
Mimi Aguglia
as Mama Roma
Claudette Ross
as Rosa's Daughter
Kathleen Howard
as Mrs. Fruett's Mother
Jane Nigh
as Nurse
Martin Begley
as Bartender
Emil Rameau
as Dr Niklas
John Cortay
as Policeman
Harry Carter
as Elevator operator
Tom Moore
as Doctor
Davison Clark
as Mounted policeman
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Critic Reviews for Cry of the City

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

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

April 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

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

February 10, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

February 10, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The urban atmosphere of city traffic and the scuffed and worn authenticity of real storefronts and sidewalks gives the film a charge of realism but Siodmak forgoes docurealism for his beloved expressionist style.

January 28, 2017 | Full Review…

the strengths of Cry of the City lie mostly in the strong performances ... and realistic evocation of life among the urban poor

December 9, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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