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Cry Vengeance (1954)

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Violent ex-cop Vic Barron comes to Ketchikan, Alaska seeking revenge on an old enemy.

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Complete credited cast:
Mark Stevens ...
Vic Barron
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Peggy Harding
Skip Homeier ...
Roxey Davis
Joan Vohs ...
Lily Arnold
Douglas Kennedy ...
Tino Morelli
Cheryl Callaway ...
Marie Morelli
Mort Mills ...
Johnny Blue-Eyes
Warren Douglas ...
Mike Walters
Lewis Martin ...
Nick Buda
Don Haggerty ...
Lt. Pat Ryan
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Red Miller
Dorothy Kennedy ...
Emily Miller
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Ex-cop Vic Barron crossed the wrong mobsters; his wife and child were killed and he himself scarred, framed and imprisoned. On release, Vic has but one desire, revenge on still-hiding Tino Morelli. The trail leads to the isolated city of Ketchikan, Alaska, where Vic finds his enemy...also the latter's charming little daughter...and tavern owner Peggy Harding, who's fascinated by the soft-spoken but volcanic Vic. And someone they're not expecting has violent designs on them... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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21 November 1954 (USA)  »

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Richard Deacon, who played Mal in the Dick Van Dyke Show, has a bit part as a bartender about 15 minutes into the movie. See more »

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Though Mark Stevens' character is named Vic Barron, his pinky ring clearly has his real initials, "MS." See more »

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Mark Stevens directs himself in a film noir set in Alaska
19 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mark Stevens was a leading player in B movies, and was an excellent cop in THE STREET WITH NO NAME (1948, see my review) and private eye in THE DARK CORNER (1946, see my review), both excellent noirs. Here he got his first chance chance to direct himself. Although he does well enough as a director in other respects, because he could not see himself he probably did not realize that he looked too grim throughout most of the film, never changing his expression during the early portions. This may have made sense in theory, because he a wronged man seeking vengeance, and grief-stricken at the death of his wife and child. But one cannot have a single expression for nearly an hour like that without it becoming monotonous. Stevens furthermore according to the story had to have a severely scarred side of his face, which meant that he could show very little emotion on his face in any case. The film was largely shot at Ketchikan, Alaska. Alaska was not even a state at that time, but still a Territory. This was an extremely unusual place to set a film in the 1950s. The location footage, especially the aerial footage, is thus of considerable historical interest, not least to the people who live there today. Mark Stevens went on to direct himself again in TIME TABLE (1956) and directed three more feature films and 50 television drama episodes in the nine years between 1956 and 1965. He last appeared as an actor in 1987, and he died in 1994 at the age of 77. This film is not outstanding, but it is nevertheless a contribution to the noir genre.


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