MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 31,410 this week

A Cry in the Night (1956)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  17 August 1956 (USA)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 424 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 8 critic

A deranged man kidnaps the nubile daughter of a police captain.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 277 titles
created 14 Apr 2012
 
list image
a list of 2849 titles
created 10 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 847 titles
created 17 Feb 2014
 
list image
a list of 1710 titles
created 30 Mar 2014
 
a list of 32 titles
created 04 Jul 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Cry in the Night (1956)

A Cry in the Night (1956) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Cry in the Night.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A psychopath takes a job as a handyman at the house of a lonely widow.

Director: Harry Horner
Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes
The Racket (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon. There are only two problems: First, Nick is the violent type, preferring to do things... See full summary »

Directors: John Cromwell, Mel Ferrer, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An former boxer, turned cab driver, has to hide from the police, when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter
The Star (1952)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a come-back.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A crusty, eccentric priest recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Kerwin Mathews
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Zachary Hicks is nominated at the Progressive party's convention even though he has little chance of winning the governorship. Kay suggests the party bosses hire Hal Blake (whom she loves) ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Warren William, Bette Davis, Guy Kibbee
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Successful, newly married Brad Collins once belonged to the Communist Party of the USA, and now the Party will stop at nothing to use him.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Robert Ryan, Laraine Day, John Agar
Roadblock (1951)
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane.

Director: Harold Daniels
Stars: Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon, Lowell Gilmore
The Strip (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Drummer Stanley Maxton moves to Los Angeles with dreams of opening his own club, but falls in with a gangster and a nightclub dancer and ends up accused of murder.

Director: László Kardos
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Sally Forrest, William Demarest
Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman, becomes involved in the death of her husband, and has to flee with her to the Mexican border.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Claude Rains, Faith Domergue
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Forbes, an impressive orator with a long list of convictions, resigns when an innocent boy is convicted and the real murderer confesses too late. He ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: George Brent, Virginia Bruce, Brenda Marshall
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Brillant pianist Larry Addams allows his frustrated ambitions to ruin his life and commits suicide, leaving his wife, Lee, and two small children, Penny and Chase, under the stigma of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Walter Pidgeon, June Allyson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Capt. Dan Taggart
...
...
Elizabeth
...
...
Irene Hervey ...
Carol Veazie ...
Mrs. Mabel Loftus
Mary Lawrence ...
...
George J. Lewis ...
...
Tina Carver ...
Mrs. Marie Holzapple
Herb Vigran ...
Edit

Storyline

Owen Marks, parked at Lovers' Loop with girlfriend Liz Taggart, surprises a peeping Tom, who knocks him out and kidnaps Liz. The police leap into action when they learn the victim is a cop's daughter. Kidnapper Harold Loftus, the unhinged product of a smothering mother, makes ineffectual advances toward Liz, who staves him off as the police close in, hindered as much as helped by her overprotective father Capt. Dan Taggart. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

GIRL-STEALER IN LOVER'S LANE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 August 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Grito na Escuridão  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Edmond O'Brien is getting ready to watch a movie on TV, he pours himself a glass of beer which is almost entirely foam. When he stands up to turn off the TV, the glass is suddenly full of beer. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ed Bates: How do ya tell a guy that his kid has been grabbed?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Would-be noir, well cast but otherwise insubstantial...
16 April 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Policeman's daughter, out on Lovers' Loop late one night with her secret boyfriend, is kidnapped by a somewhat simple-minded behemoth with a mommy-complex. Curiously old-fashioned and corny bit of police business masquerading as a gritty noir (and advertised as a juvenile delinquent flick: "18...A nice girl...How did she fall so far?"). As the lonely, tormented abductor, Raymond Burr actually manages a thoughtful performance, however this case is wrapped up so quickly (with the movie clocking in at a scant 75 minutes) that neither Burr nor victim Natalie Wood has a chance at carving out a three-dimensional character. Wood, who faints from a slap across the face, is made to be the stereotypical weak female, while over-protective father Edmond O'Brien and police captain Brian Donlevy overact mercilessly. Poor screenplay, by David Dortort--adapting a book by Whit Masterson, the uncredited "All Through the Night"--doesn't seem to know much about police procedures or personalities, and the sequences set at the station are hopelessly mediocre (what with an eyeball-rolling desk sergeant and a hilariously overeager police psychiatrist). Though distributed by Warner Bros., this doesn't have the solid production values usually associated with the studio; it feels cheap and under-populated, like an early episode of "Dragnet", with only Burr's forceful work and a decent climax putting it above typical television fare. ** from ****


21 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Alan Ladd opening narrator bobo-29
Discuss A Cry in the Night (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?