Cry of the City
Gangster Martin Rome is seriously wounded during a gun-battle where he has killed a policeman. Police Lieutenant-Detective Candella, who is an old friend of the Rome family, is trying to solve another murder where he suspects Rome may have been involved. When Rome escapes from the hospital, Candella investigates the case and has to chase Rome.
Decent film noir with a plot that seems like something John Woo would direct.
Wonderful. It's excellent on every level, and Siodmak once again brings his affinity for the noir sensibility to this movie which, along with 'The Killers', arguably rates as his most accomplished work.
Cry of the City is an unexpectedly fine film noir from a director whose ventures into the genre could be sublime (The Killers, Criss Cross) or, well, not (Christmas Holiday). The story follows a cop killer (Richard Conte), struggling to protect his innocent lover (Debra Paget) as a dragnet closes in - led by the hood's flipside, law enforcer Victor Mature. Conte, later a star of Joseph H. Lewis' immaculate crime picture The Big Combo as well as The Godfather's Barzini, gives surely his greatest performance, a devastating characterisation thats quiet malevolence creeps upon the viewer almost unnoticed, replacing a certain twinkly-eyed charm. His screen adversary, Victor Mature, was never the most compelling screen presence, but has an ideal face…
Not the best noir but a decent addition.
Very fine noir. From beginning to end this character driven tale is very well told with some solid performances, dialogue and location shooting. Maybe this lacks a little ‘action’ but it is gripping and suspenseful in places nevertheless. Everyone is believable, even the kid, and that’s a rarity. Richard Conte’s performance as the truly ruthless bad guy is quite majestic and Victor Mature, as the ever on his heels good cop, does well to keep up, in both senses of the word. Even the smaller parts are great, including a lovely performance (which I understand was virtually all removed from the US release) from Shelley Winters. It is an almost nothing part and easily cut but she plays the moll…