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Cry of the City (1948)

Police Lieut. Candella, longtime friend of the Rome family, walks a tightrope in the case of cop-killer Martin Rome.

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

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Society exacts retribution for defiance of its laws ! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

29 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Chair for Martin Rome  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Debra Paget's screen debut. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 12 November 2014 (2014) See more »

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Street Scene
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Music by Alfred Newman
Played at opening of film
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Film Noir.....At It's Best
7 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the opening strains of Alfred Newman's "Street Scene" Theme Music, which accompanies the Credits to the End title, "Cry of the City" invokes a tale of good and evil in the persons of Victor Mature & Richard Conte........Boyhood pals from the lower East Side of N.Y......One a Cop, the other a Gangster................But make no bones about it, this film is Conte's showcase and he makes the most out of it in a chilling performance as Martin Rome(Roma), a savage killer with no remorse at all.........He is persued throughout the film by Victor Mature as Leut. Candella, Chief of the Homicide Beaureau......and Mature gives a fine performance in the role...........Supporting players are highlighted by Hope Emerson in a performance of a lifetime, as a Female version of Conte.....their scenes together are cat & mouse......but which is which?.......For a special treat on the film noir craze of the 1940s; and a pure New York City feeling; do not miss "Robert Siodmack's"...."Cry of the City"-1948---20th. Century Fox........Respectfully submitted, sasheegm at the movies


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