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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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Tino Morelli
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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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Richard Deacon, who played Mel Cooley in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), has a bit part as a bartender about 15 minutes into the movie. See more »

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During the Indian Ceremonial Ground scene , Mark Stevens (playing a character named Vic Barron) is wearing a shirt bearing the initials M.S. One wonders whether this was an in-joke or an oversight. See more »

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What a disappointment
20 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

Mark Stevens was terrific in the earlier (and truer) noir, Dark Corner (1946), with not only the young Lucille Ball but also a masterful one- handed Martini pour. Cry of Vengeance, with Stevens in the main role and also directing, has promise but falls back on a dozen clichés: knocking out a tough guy with one sucker punch; confessing everything to a bartender; the ex-con revealing tenderness to a little kid with a broken doll; a character named Joey; and plenty of bleach blinds (Martha Hyer is, however, excellent). The sets, with flimsy doors and unconvincing wainscoting, are cheesy. Early on you'll note poor dubbing when an outdoor scene couldn't be miked. And Stevens is unrelentingly grim, evidently following his own direction that it wasn't necessary to allow nuances o show through.

You could have directed and scripted a better version, and I'll state here that I could as well. Be sure to catch Dark Corner, with its fine performance from Clifton Webb of Laura fame.


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