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Cry Danger (1951)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 23 February 1951 (USA)
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.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

William Bowers (screenplay), Jerome Cady (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Rocky
Rhonda Fleming ... Nancy
Richard Erdman ... Delong
William Conrad ... Castro
Regis Toomey ... Cobb
Jean Porter ... Darlene
Joan Banks Joan Banks ... Alice Fletcher
Jay Adler ... Williams
Renny McEvoy ... Taxi Driver
Lou Lubin ... Hank
Benny Burt Benny Burt ... Bartender
Hy Averback Hy Averback ... Bookie (as Hy Averbach)
Gloria Saunders ... Cigarette Clerk
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Golpe do Destino See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of Rhonda Fleming's favorite films. She generously donated to it's restoration and preservation by the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA's Film and Televison Archive. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Williams, Trailer Park Manager: I don't like it at all, Mr. Mulloy.
Rocky Mulloy: Well, I'm sorry to hear that. I wish I knew what you were talking about.
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Connections

References Lassie Come Home (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Cry Danger
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Lyrics by Leon Pober
(not used vocally in the film)
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Good noir set in low-rent '50s Los Angeles
18 August 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Regis Toomey, Richard Erdman, and Jean Porter star in "Cry Danger," a 1951 film directed by Robert Parrish. Powell plays Rocky Mulloy, an ex-con, recently released from prison after an alibi appears that clears him of a robbery/murder. The alibi is a Marine (Erdman) named DeLong who says that he and Powell were drinking together at the time the job was pulled. In truth, Powell didn't commit the crime. However, he has never seen this Marine before in his life. The Marine wants money from the robbery.

The two rent a trailer in a trailer park, where the wife (Rhonda Fleming) of his ex-partner, who is still in prison, lives. She's actually an old girlfriend of Rocky's and the two are still attracted to one another. Rocky goes after a bookie (William Conrad) who cheated him and unknowingly bets on a fixed race, is paid in the robbery money, which sends the police after him.

It's good to read the comments for this film and realize that many people appreciate the versatility and talent of Dick Powell. He was many things to many people - a wonderful singer, a great tough guy, a savvy businessman, a good director, and a marvelous producer who launched Sam Peckinpah and Aaron Spelling. Not all of his later films were "A" productions, but he was always excellent.

The performances by Erdman and Conrad are very good. Rhonda Fleming is her usual beautiful self, and Jean Porter plays a lively party girl.

This is a good noir that captures the atmosphere of post-war LA, the down and out side of it. It's exciting and a little unpredictable, too, enough to keep you watching.


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