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Cry Of The City – Wrongly Overlooked
Not knowing what to expect from this little known movie, I was continually surprised by many superbly handled sequences offering above average involvement and suspense. Victor Mature is perfect as the dedicated detective admirably seeking to bring down cunning killer Richard Conti. Here we are treated to the results that can be created when a well written story and screenplay, a superb director, and a professional director of photography, are brought together – creating a moody noir that continually turns new corners within a familiar theme. Among several scenes to stand out is one featuring Hope Emerson (‘Mother' from Peter Gunn TV) as a ruthless Masseuse, two scenes with Berry Kroeger as Niles, a sleazy Lawyer - the escape walk from a prison hospital -along with numerous location street scenes as they looked in '48. With an interesting cast, this seems to have come and gone in its day but now looks even better. Well worth a watch or tracking down a well-transferred DVD.
Good-looking film noir that seems fresh despite familiar elements.
Film Noir land, 1948: a place where men are either cops or robbers and women are virgins, mothers or whores. The world may have been a menacing place to live in but people were more innocent and less cynical. While the violence is pretty bloodless, it doesn't matter where you aim, a gun fired will always hit someone. A few good technical scenes helped mitigate some of the narrative flaws and contrivances, and while the film could've been a tense thriller with social commentary for an audience in '48, but for an audience in '15, it feels rather dated and carries less of an impact.
a entertaining film noir movie from 1948
Cry of the City is an excellent film. It is about Police Lieut. Candella, longtime friend of the Rome family, who walks a tightrope in the case of cop-killer Martin Rome. Victor Mature and Richard Conte give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Robert Siodmak did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and suspense. Cry of the City is a must see.
Riveting example of Siodmak's skill not only in transforming indifferent material, but in giving the feel of studio noir to location shooting.
Richard Conte is a "young" hoodlum who is running into a dead end, pursued by good cop Victor Mature. Since both hood and cop come from the Italian community, there is an easy affinity between them. But Conte is too selfish to care about others whereas Mature is trying to protect the community (and especially Conte's little brother) from the negative influence of bad role models. Siodmak (who also directed Kiss of Death) handles the noir elements expertly, using some real New York locations and creating spaces that feel authentic even if in the studio. Little touches (like Mature turning around to finish that last sip of wine) make this a cut above your average noir.
Overly melodramatic noir.
Enjoyable film noir.
With a great screenplay by Richard Murphy and Ben Hecht, this Noir stands out in just about every other aspect as well. Richard Conte is a sympathetic hood hunted by Victor Mature, who plays a conflicted police Lt. here. His role is not unlike that in Kiss of Death, but with a degree less unambiguous sympathy to balance with Conte's more family-oriented sociopath.
Both leads are excellent, as is the supporting cast. Winters, Betty Garde and Debra Paget are great, but Hope Emerson plays the scheming Rose with terrific menace. Asphyxiation fetishists will greatly enjoy the lingering focus on her giant hands in a particularly fun scene with Mature. Nice NY location cinematography by Lloyd Ahern and a spectacular Alfred Newman score round things out. This is available in several versions, but badly deserving of the Criterion treatment.