Cry of the City (1948)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  29 September 1948 (USA)
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Police Lieut. Candella, longtime friend of the Rome family, walks a tightrope in the case of cop-killer Martin Rome.



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Complete credited cast:
Lt Collins
Brenda Martingale
Betty Garde ...
Miss Pruett
Berry Kroeger ...
W.A. Niles
Tommy Cook ...
Tony Rome
Teena Riconti
Hope Emerson ...
Rose Given
Roland Winters ...
Walter Baldwin ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Begley ...
Bartender (scenes deleted)
Dan Sheridan ...
Detective (as Michael Sheridan)


Petty crook and cop-killer Martin Rome, in bad shape from wounds in the hospital prison ward, still refuses to help slimy lawyer Niles clear his client by confessing to another crime. Police Lt. Candella must check Niles' allegation; a friend of the Rome family, he walks a tightrope between sentiment and cynicism. When Martin fears Candella will implicate his girlfriend Teena, he'll do anything to protect her. How many others will he drag down to disaster with him? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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From the heart of its people comes the ... cry of the city. See more »


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

29 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Chair for Martin Rome  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Veteran film noir-writer Ben Hecht worked on the film's script but is not credited. See more »


Midway through the film, while Rome is knifing Niles to death, the latter manages to pull a pistol from his desk drawer, but is only able to fire 1 shot through the ceiling; moments later we see Niles' secretary, who was eavesdropping just outside the door, is seen dropping dead, apparently from that bullet. See more »


Martin Rome: Go away. Don't get mixed up in this.
Teena Riconti: Oh Marty. Why did you have to shoot? Why did you kill?
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Featured in American Cinema: Film Noir (1995) See more »


Baby Face
Music by Harry Akst
Played during the scene in the bar
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Another Good 'Noir' Needing To Be Released
25 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this is an underrated (and under-publicized) film that sports an interesting story. Yes, it's a typical one of its day in that it highlights two boyhood friends who wind up on the opposite side of the law ("Angels With Dirty Face," etc.) but it is well done.

Victor Mature "Lt. Candella") and Richard Conte ("Martin Rome") both do a very credible job as the good and bad guys, respectively.

Shelley Winters, Debra Paget and Hope Emerson all provide solid female acting support in this little-known film noir. Emerson ("Rose Given") might be the least known of the three, but not to me since I am a big fan of the Peter Gunn TV series of the late 1950s in which she played a key role.

With film noir making a comeback in recent years, I hope someone puts this movie out on DVD.

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