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Cry Vengeance (1954)

Mark Stevens , Martha Hyer , Mark Stevens  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Stevens, Martha Hyer, Skip Homeier, Joan Vohs, Douglas Kennedy
  • Directors: Mark Stevens
  • Writers: Warren Douglas, George Bricker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D09AXUA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,376 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cry Vengeance" on IMDb

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Vic Barron (Mark Stevens), a former San Francisco detective is released from prison after three years for crimes he didn't commit. His wife and child were blown up in a car bomb meant for him, leaving him physically and emotionally scarred for life. he was framed as a dirty cop and lost his job. now he's out crying vengeance against all those responsible. After run-ins with his old partner, Lt. Pat Ryan (Don Haggerty) and mafia strong-arm, the psychotic Roxie Davis (Skip Homeier), the killer's trail leads him to the isolated and picturesque city of Ketchikan, Alaska, where he meets tavern owner Peggy Harding (Martha Hyer), who's fascinated by the soft-spoken, but volcanic Vic. Stylishly directed by the film's star Mark Stevens (Time Table).

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down a very dark alley indeed April 21, 2009
Format:VHS Tape
A former detective, scarred physically & emotionally by the car bomb that killed his wife & child, is released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn't commit. All he lives for now is vengeance, and he'll travel to the ends of the earth to get it, no matter what the cost ...

Mark Stevens is equally effective as director & actor in this strong, unusual film noir. Behind the camera, he works with economy & cool precision, allowing for a touch of warmth from some of the supporting characters, and making the most of the Alaskan background; onscreen, he's cold, obsessive fury incarnate, very nearly destroying what remains of his own humanity in his pursuit of justice.

Martha Hyer, one of the most beautiful blondes of the late 1950s/early 1960s, doesn't merely depend on her looks as the potential love interest. She brings subtlety, a touch of caution, and a genuine sensitivity to her part, making her role as a possible guide to redemption convincing & human. At the other end of the spectrum, Skip Homeier, so menacingly blond as to almost be albino, portrays a villain as leached of humanity as his hair is leached of color.

This is a sterling example of the solid B-movie, with an undercurrent of dark, unsettling energy that so many studio blockbusters of the time lacked. A shame it's not available on DVD -- but the VHS is well worth finding for fans of this often powerful genre. Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ex-San Fran cop seeks revenge in the Frozen North January 12, 2009
Format:VHS Tape
Directed by and starring Mark Stevens, CRY VENGEANCE is the story of a violent ex-cop who seeks revenge for the mob hit car bomb deaths of his wife and child, his facial scarring in that blast and subsequent wrongful three year incarceration at San Quentin.

Vic Barron (Stevens) travels to Ketchikan (known as Alaska's first city) in search of the elusive mobster Tino Morelli (Kennedy). Tino's girlfriend, tavern owner Peggy Harding (Hyer) finds the volatile Barron attractive. She truthfully tells him that his intended target had nothing to do with the killings or frame up, but Vic doesn't believe her. What he's not aware of however is that the actual bomber has followed him to Alaska from San Francisco.

Also recommended:
Mark Stevens is quite good as an FBI agent in pursuit of Richard Widmark in THE STREET WITH NO NAME (1948).

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(6.6) Cry Vengeance (1954) - Mark Stevens/Martha Hyer/Skip Homeier/Joan Vohs/Douglas Kennedy/Cheryl Calloway/Mort Mills/Don Haggerty/John Doucette (uncredited: Richard Deacon)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark but Satisfying in the End April 20, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Mark Stevens's character has every reason to seek vengeance at the start of the film. His wife and child have been killed and he's been framed. He's going to destroy the man who did it, except that the man he thinks murdered his family and framed him for a crime he didn't commit is someone else entirely. This is a driven plot and a well-motivated story. The bad characters have every reason to hide their guilty deeds and to stop the victim from finding out who the true murderer was.

One line in the film that touched me deeply was: "The older you get, the screwier it (life) gets." Boy! Isn't that the truth! This movie is entertaining, gripping and worth the time spent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid film noir. May 26, 2014
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This is a solidly acted, well-wriiten film noir that has some disturbing touches of revenge gone awry. The detective who was set-up for his families' murder is set on revenge, which lands him in Ketchikan, Alaska. Having been to Ketchikan a few times, I was thrilled to see that it hasn't changed much since this film was made (except many more tourists, like me) and it was represented very well. The hills, the mood, the late-night sun, it all works well to contrast the darkness and grit of San Francisco, where the story starts. Add a femme fatale, a very seductive good girl, lot of gangsters (including a nicely done Nazi-like blond one) and a super-cute six-year old girl, and you have a complicated revenge story that veers off in different directions. Even most of the villains are complicated and very watchable. At the price they are asking ($2.99 when I viewed), it's a really good yarn. With Amazon Prime, it was free and it was well-worth $2.99 to begin with. Like most of the films of the 40's and early to mid-50's, it is a reasonable 1 and 1/2 hours long to tell a face-paced story with a lot of characters. Not bloated like our modern 2 and 1/2 hour movies that go nowhere. Watch it, you won't be sorry. Even the ending leaves you hanging and is not tied up neatly with a bow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ottawa- watertown March 16, 2014
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great movie watched it years ago (1990-1991) when i was living in ottawa.....watertown n.y. showed fantastic film noir late nite, this was one i enjoyed will you if you fell the need.....jsr.
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