• Michael

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Michael 21 Sep, 2014

    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.


  • b rad

    ★★★½ Watched by b rad 12 Apr, 2014

    Great noir, Dick Powell makes a great noir protagonist and it's pretty consistently compelling. Doesn't stand out completely in the genre but delivers all that you'd expect.


  • Auggie Heschmeyer

    ★★★★ Watched by Auggie Heschmeyer 05 Apr, 2014

    Can you have more of a typical noir title than "Cry Danger?" I would be hard pressed to find one. Completely unrelated to its title, the film tells the story of an ex-con just released from prison after being set up for a crime that he claims he didn't commit. He seeks retribution and freedom for his partner. What he finds is a series of set-ups and double crosses and a thickening mystery as he gets closer to his stolen…


  • Tom Morton

    ★★★★ Watched by Tom Morton 08 Mar, 2014

    Noirch, film 12.

    A booze-soaked ex-marine, on the lookout for a quick buck, offers up a fake alibi for Rocky Mulloy in the hopes that he'll be grateful enough at getting out of jail to share the spoils of the robbery he was imprisoned for. There's just one problem - Mulloy didn't do the robbery.

    This classic noir setup leads into what is essentially just an hour of awesome hard-boiled dialogue, Dick Powell spitting out line after wonderful line like…


  • Brian Kelley

    ★★★★★ Watched by Brian Kelley 01 Mar, 2014 1

    As wonderful as the first time I saw it. Some of the consistently best dialogue to ever to be spoken.


  • Chris

    ★★★★★ Watched by Chris 01 Mar, 2014


    Wow. I'm a Bill Bowers fan for life now. I love everything about this movie. It is 80 minutes long and it delivers all the texture and satisfaction of a 3 hour epic.


  • laird

    ★★★★ Rewatched by laird 01 Mar, 2014

    Maybe the only movie I've really liked Dick Powell in, but possibly only because he spends most of the runtime dispensing witty retorts courtesy of ace screenwriter William Bowers. It's like in a cartoon when a character swallows a box of tacks and spits them out like a machine gun, only less realistic. Also, kind of shocking that this close to the war and movies like BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES the filmmakers were comfortable with using the alcoholism of…


  • Joe

    ★★★★½ Watched by Joe 01 Mar, 2014

    I like Dick Powell's turn as Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet but I was never all that convinced by Powell himself in the role. I take it all back having seen this, though, in which he plays a pitch-perfect Marlowe who isn't really Marlowe, but it's still fun to pretend.


  • Jake

    ★★★★ Watched by Jake 01 Mar, 2014

    Halfway through the hazy labyrinthe plot Dick Powell constructs to get his cut of $50,000 after 5 years in the slammer, his former bookie unknowingly hooks him with "hot money." Maybe it's the shotgunning of 2 flicks prior to this melting my goofy brain, but by this point, the handling of money becomes almost ephemeral, with the hoarding of it or changing of hands morphing into a social currency more destructive than the means it takes to attain it.



  • Thomas Ringdal

    ★★★★ Watched by Thomas Ringdal 08 Jan, 2014 3

    Dick Powell had such presence, I can't wait to check him out in a musical as well!
    Here he's out to clear his name after getting out of prison earlier than expected. In a way he acts as the typical noir detective, although he stands to gain very little, and his interactions with the "femme" might be fatal, but the female part in Cry Danger is a refreshing take (by Rhonda Fleming).

    Where some noirs, actually quite a lot, have…


  • anne_f_

    ★★★★ Watched by anne_f_ 30 Nov, 2013

    Rocky (played by Dick Powell) has been released from his prison sentence for murder because of an alibi provided for him. The alibi witness is lying - he wants Rocky out of prison because he thinks Rocky knows where the proceeds of a robbery is hidden, whereas Rocky wants to be out of prison so that he can find out who really committed the murder, which will mean his friend can also be freed.
    This isn't a long film, and…


  • Owen Erasmus

    ★★★★½ Watched by Owen Erasmus 27 Mar, 2013 2

    A tough little crime drama, let out of prison after 5 years when his alibi finally checks out Dick Powell sets about hunting down some sort of compensation for 5 years of his life.

    Dick Powell made enough of these little gems to have become a fairly reliable signifier of whether I will like a post war crime movie and while he doesn't quite convince in the part in the way he does in 'Pitfall', its still an excellent movie.…