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Cry Vengeance (1954)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 21 November 1954 (USA)
Violent ex-cop Vic Barron comes to Ketchikan, Alaska seeking revenge on an old enemy.

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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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Grito de Vingança  »

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The Ketchikan airline depicted, Ellis Air, was an authentic Ketchikan company, founded by Bob Ellis in 1936. The aircraft shown in the movie is a Grumman G-21 Goose amphibious craft. If you look closely at the bottom of the plane you can see the wheels, which were used for ground landings. Ellis Air merged with Alaska Coastal Airlines in 1962, and this concern was itself taken over by Alaska Airlines in 1968. 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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Holds Interest
20 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Fast and efficient slice of thick-ear, with a plot borrowed from previous year's The Big Heat (1953). The producers, however, had the good sense to locate the action in Ketchican, Alaska, definitely not an over-used locale. Director Stevens makes good use of the outdoor settings, lending exotic flavor to the action. To bad that the photography is definitely non-noir. But then the interiors were filmed in a TV studio.

The plot may be borrowed, but there's an interesting wrinkle. Namely, nominal, good guy Stevens is more fearsome than the ostensible mobster, bad guy Kennedy. That's because Stevens thinks Kennedy killed his family and framed him. Now, ravaged with revenge, Stevens wants to kill Kennedy's family, including his winsome little daughter. So, we're left wondering just who to root for. Then there's the psycho hit-man Homeier who's kind of a wild card in a mop of ultra- blonde hair. (Note, for example, the cold-hearted abruptness of the execution scene.) Add a number of familiar supporting players, like Mills and Doucette, and you've got a generally persuasive cast. And, oh yes, on the blondined distaff side mustn't forget barfly Vohs or the fetching Martha Hyer.

Considering this movie along with Stevens' tour-de-force Timetable (1956), it's too bad his niche with b&w B-films was giving way to TV. In my book, he shows himself a filmmaker of more than average aptitude. Anyway, the movie's both interesting to follow and scenic to eyeball, a pretty good combination for any film.


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