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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High-class crook gets in trouble with the law.

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb


Complete credited cast:
Jean Porter ...
Joan Banks ...
Alice Fletcher
Jay Adler ...
Renny McEvoy ...
Taxi Driver
Lou Lubin ...
Benny Burt ...
Hy Averback ...
Bookie (as Hy Averbach)
Gloria Saunders ...
Cigarette Clerk


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 <>

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Release Date:

21 February 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Golpe do Destino  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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'Richard Erdman''s car is a unibody 2-door 1950 Nash Statesman 600 (which features the oddball 1-year only "uniscope" instrument pod). See more »


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 »


Newsie: [Seeing Mulloy's picture on Page One of the paper] Nice picture, isn't it?
Rocky Mulloy: Add five years to it, and it'd look just like me.
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References Lassie Come Home (1943) See more »


Cry Danger
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Lyrics by Leon Pober
(not used vocally in the film)
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Cry Excitement
27 July 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Dick Powell, born in Mt. View, Arkansas, had a versatile career, starting out as a song and dance man with hit records who starred in some of the best musicals Hollywood ever made several of them by Busby Berkely. When his career floundered he changed genres and became one of the movies' best tough guys, in many ways better in the role than Humphrey Bogart, although Powell never became the cult hero Bogart became. Powell then went on to success in the new medium of television. While "Cry Danger" is no "Murder, My Sweet," it is an exceptional tough guy flick. One thing that always impressed me about Dick Powell, especially well done in "Murder, My Sweet," is his talk. He could read a line like nobody else. His voice helps make "Cry Danger" more realistic and more exciting to watch. William Conrad's Castro is an excellent foil for Powell's character, Rocky Mulloy. This was before the world came to know a real life villain, Fidel Castro. Today, Conrad's character has become even more dastardly as a result of historical events. There is even a freakish resemblance between Conrad's Castro and the cigar-smoking one in Cuba. Thus Conrad's character is even more menacing. Richard Erdman usually gets on my nerves when I see him in a movie. He had a habit of overplaying his part. But in Cry Danger he has been properly cast and comes off a winner. He ends up with some of the best lines in the film. This is the best acting I have seen him do. Rocky (Dick Powell) and Delong(Erdman)have trouble with their women in "Cry Danger." Both Rhonda Fleming and Jean Porter turn in creditable performances and add to the overall effectiveness of the film. One reviewer commented on the photography. And it's true the photography adds much to the overall impact of the movie. The trailer park is shown in such a realistic manner that the viewer can almost see the cockroaches crawl across the table. The action never slows down. The final scene is a good one. Once you start watching "Cry Danger" you won't want to stop.

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