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.

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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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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 »


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 »


Nancy Morgan: What happens if the police come?
Rocky Mulloy: We're old friends. We'll always find something to talk about.
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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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The Second Time Around
14 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like the old Sinatra song, things can be far better the second time around. The first time I saw "Cry Danger" it was shortly after a viewing of "Murder, My Sweet" and it just couldn't compare to that classic. I recently viewed the movie again and I must say that "Cry Danger" was a lot of fun.

The real stars of the movie are 1) the dialogue, and 2) Dick Powell's delivery of that dialogue. Bogart and Mitchum are blue collar guys who deliver these kinds of one-liners beautifully...and it stings...but Powell has an air of elegance and intelligence wrapped in a white collar, so when he gets caustic, condescending, sarcastic, and nasty, it seems to hurt even more. And it hurts so good. There is nothing more delicious to Noir fans than Powell letting rip with a great one-liner. And the more casual he is, the more "tossed away" the line is delivered, the more we grin with satisfaction. It's just a thing of beauty.

The supporting cast is good, with just about everyone pulling their weight admirably. William Conrad, Regis Toomey, and Rhonda Fleming are in fine form. I was expecting twists, turns, and deceit from Erdman's character, but after an interesting reveal in the beginning of the film, his character seems to be abandoned and left only to provide some comic relief. That missed opportunity aside, though, the script is fun and moves along briskly.

The direction is just fine, though not as dark as I would have liked it...but that is a minor complaint. There is a rawness and realism to these B films that I find much more rewarding than a lot of the glossy A films produced.

8 out of 10 for a thoroughly enjoyable hour and a half crawl through the seedy underbelly of Tinsel Town.

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