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Cry of the City (1948)

Police Lieut. Candella, longtime friend of the Rome family, walks a tightrope in the case of cop-killer Martin Rome.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Richard Murphy (screenplay), Henry Edward Helseth (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Lt. Candella
Richard Conte ... Martin Rome
Fred Clark ... Lt Collins
Shelley Winters ... Brenda Martingale
Betty Garde ... Miss Pruett
Berry Kroeger ... W.A. Niles
Tommy Cook ... Tony Rome
Debra Paget ... Teena Riconti
Hope Emerson ... Rose Given
Roland Winters ... Ledbetter
Walter Baldwin ... Orvy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Begley Martin Begley ... Bartender (scenes deleted)
Dan Sheridan Dan Sheridan ... Detective (as Michael Sheridan)
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Storyline

Petty crook and cop-killer Martin Rome, in bad shape from wounds in the hospital prison ward, still refuses to help slimy lawyer Niles clear his client by confessing to another crime. Police Lt. Candella must check Niles' allegation; a friend of the Rome family, he walks a tightrope between sentiment and cynicism. When Martin fears Candella will implicate his girlfriend Teena, he'll do anything to protect her. How many others will he drag down to disaster with him? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From the heart of its people comes the ... cry of the city. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 October 1948 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chair for Martin Rome See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Debra Paget's screen debut. See more »

Goofs

The doctor that illegally treated Martin Rome (Richard Conte) was implicated by being paid in cash, in money reportedly taken from the lawyer Niles' safe. However Rome only finds jewelry and documents in Niles' safe, while emptying it. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Candella: They'll make a Robin Hood out of a cheap hoodlum like that. The longer he's loose the bigger hero he is.
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Connections

Remade as Un aller simple (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Street Scene
(uncredited)
Music by Alfred Newman
Played at opening of film
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Film Noir Magnifico
7 October 2002 | by carolynpaetowSee all my reviews

Victor Mature and Richard Conte deliver strong performances in this engrossing, uplifting story of the struggle between a cop and a criminal. Both men are presented as products of the city's Italian working class, and the film manages to make much of their divergent paths without being pedestrian or pedantic. The supporting characters are finely drawn and add an intriguing dimension to a plot-line that, otherwise, could have come off as time-worn and predictable. Hope Emerson is of particular interest as a disgruntled masseuse of rich old ladies. The movie is a marvelous example of the excellence that could emerge from 40's morality and is missing from much of modern filmmaking.


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