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Cry Danger (1951)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  21 February 1951 (USA)
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Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime he was framed for, in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses.

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Darlene
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Alice Fletcher
Jay Adler ...
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Renny McEvoy ...
Taxi Driver
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Hank
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Hy Averback ...
Bookie (as Hy Averbach)
Gloria Saunders ...
Cigarette Clerk
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Rocky Mulloy, back in town after serving 5 years of a life sentence for armed robbery, hopes to clear his friend Danny Morgan who's still in prison for the same crime. It won't be easy. Even the witness who cleared Rocky thinks he's guilty; Danny's glamorous wife Nancy, living in a sleazy trailer court, seems lukewarm about getting Danny back; cynical cop Gus Cobb just wants to stir things up in hopes that the missing "hot" $100,000 will surface. Plenty of tough talk, night scenes, deceptive dames and double crosses in this typical film noir. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Powell's on the Prowl!


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In an interview with Tom Weaver, Jean Porter said the film was "directed by Dick Powell, and he wasn't given director credit. Dick gave Robert Parrish the director's credit, but Dick did all the directing." See more »

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As Rocky drives away after dropping Nancy off at work, the cameraman and camera are reflected in the car's rear window glass. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Mulloy: Say, you've got all my dough. How about some cab fare?
Detective Lt. Gus Cobb: What're you gonna pay me back with, some more of that hot money?
Rocky Mulloy: Maybe all of it.
Detective Lt. Gus Cobb: All right, there's 20. That's out of my own pocket. Remember, I've got a wife and a couple of kids.
Rocky Mulloy: I haven't met anybody lately who hasn't.
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Cry Danger
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Lyrics by Leon Pober
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Not who you'd first suspect
10 September 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

With Cry Danger, Dick Powell said good bye to the noir genre that had served him well since his electrifying Philip Marlowe in Murder My Sweet. Hard to believe the applecheeked tenor of all those sappy Warner Brothers musicals was the tough guy in some of the best noir films ever done. His few remaining films were not noir and pretty soon Powell was strictly on the small screen.

Powell in this case is a bookie who was sent up for a robbery that he didn't commit. He's out now due to an alibi provided by Richard Erdman who says Powell had been drinking with him the night the robbery had taken place.

With five years of his life taken from him, Powell's out to find who framed him and he hunts with only the determination Dick Powell can muster. He nearly gets framed again when he's given some of the hot money from the robbery to make a bet.

Usually in noir films, cops are usually a bit on the slow side unless the protagonist is a cop. Regis Toomey who plays the cop who arrested Powell five years before is an exception. He has Powell trailed from the moment he leaves prison and that pays off for him and for Powell.

This is a nicely done crisp little crime thriller. Good photography of the seamy side of Los Angeles, especially the trailer park where Powell is residing with Erdman, Rhonda Fleming who's the wife of his partner who's still in prison and Erdman's gal Jean Porter. The trailer park is pretty seedy, but with Rhonda Fleming there it does have its compensations.


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