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…
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.…
Let's get out of this sun and into a nice cool bar.
Dick Powell spent his early career mainly in musicals until he was able to reinvent his film persona with a series of film-noir roles. His first breakthrough came when he became the first actor to portray private eye Philip Marlowe in a feature film. He'd never reach the success of Humphrey Bogart, but he still managed to give us four or five very memorable hard-boiled crime films…
Man, Is this a Noir classic. Eddie Mueller's Noir City fest is where I saw this and many, many other classic prints I'd never even heard of. The script is so good, I feel like the Coen's stole every line, and I'll be goddamned if Joe Biroc ain't one of the best cameramen ever. Powell and William Conrad make good adversaries and the back and forth banter between all the actors is fairly realistic. You'll never, ever spot the ending,…
I was lucky enough to see this restored noir in LA's Egyptian Theatre, in the presence of star Rhonda Fleming.
A near-perfect example of the genre, with tough guys, even tougher dames and a script from William Bowers that's both hilarious and sassy, Cry Danger should be on every film fan's must-see list, whether they enjoy noirs or not. Dick Powell is perfectly cast as Rocky and his co-stars are equally spot-on in their perfomances.
Unavailable on DVD due to some complex rights issues, I'm hopeful one day soon I'll have it on the shelf to rewatch again and again.
This is what dialogue writing should be all about. A brilliant, witty and clever script that was just fabulous to see delivered.
This is one movie that aspiring script writers should put on their "must watch" list for educational purposes, but everyone else should get the chance to see it just because it's a bloody great movie.