Cry of the City
In this gritty crime drama that was nominated for the Writers Guild of America's Robert Meltzer Award®, two childhood best friends take divergent paths; one becomes a cop (Victor Mature), and the other a cop-killer (Richard Conte). The killer must grapple with confessing to a murder he did not commit in order to save his girlfriend from being framed for the crime. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.
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which is a surprisingly excellent crime drama. I used the word
surprisingly because I had never seen this film before and it
doesn't have the reputation of Double Indemnity or Out Of The Past.
Any movie with supporting players such as Shelley Winters, Betty Garde
and Hope Emerson, is definitely going to grab my attention. All three
deliver great performances, but Miss Emerson steals the show as a
tougher-than-nails dame, similar to her role in Caged (1950).
This is the best black and white print I have seen from
Fox Cinema Archives. The picture quality is glorious as is the
cinematography which adds to the film's enjoyment. I highly
recommend Cry Of The City to all lovers of Film Noir and
tense crime dramas.
This move was gritty, gritty, gritty. But the best part is the raw emotion demonstrated by the characters. Mama was superb as Richard Conte's tortured son-gone-bad mom. His brother also just wrenched your heart at the end of the film. The story line was of course, the good guy going after the bad guy. But there all similarity ends. Woven into the story is the impact that the crime has on other people and the compassion that Victor Mature demonstrates is extraordinary. The humor was given out in small doses, but like one-liners, well done. I can't say enough about this movie. I'm amazed that I had never seen it until recently. It goes to the top of the list as my favorite film noir. Don't miss it! A real slice of life!
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