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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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Cast

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Lt Collins
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Brenda Martingale
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Miss Pruett
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W.A. Niles
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Tony Rome
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Teena Riconti
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Rose Given
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Ledbetter
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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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From the heart of its people comes the ... cry of the city. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Passed | See all certifications »
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11 October 1948 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Chair for Martin Rome  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vito Scotti's first film. See more »

Goofs

The doctor that illegally treated Martin Rome (Richard Conte) was implicated by being paid in cash, in money reportedly taken from the lawyer Niles' safe. However Rome only finds jewelry and documents in Niles' safe, while emptying it. 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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Connections

Referenced in Film '72: Episode dated 12 November 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph E. Howard and Harold Orlob
Instrumental background music
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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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