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A sudden death. Cries in the night. A locked laboratory in a windswept mansion. It's hard to say what creates more tension in Cry Wolf, the nerve-tingling atmosphere (enhanced by Franz Waxman's edgy score) or the flashfire romantic chemistry between movie immortals Barbara Stanwyck and Errol Flynn in their only screen pairing. Stanwyck plays Sandra, a recent widow who visits her husband's family for the first time and finds herself drawn to a man she knows she should fear: her husband's remote, controlling uncle (Flynn). He seems to know secrets about the eerie cries, the laboratory and why his nephew was buried in a closed coffin. Can Sandra uncover the truth before a second death occurs?
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Cry Wolf was Geraldine Brooks' first film, and the second for her costar Richard Basehart
Under the production staff of:
Peter Godfrey [Director]
Catherine Turney [Screenplay]
Marjorie Carleton [Novel]
Henry Blanke .[Producer]
Jack L. Warner [Exective Producer]
Errol Flynn [Associaate Producer]
Franz Waxman [Original Film Music]
Carl E. Guthrie [Cinematographer]
Folmar Blangsted [Film Editor]
1. Peter Godfrey [Director]
Date of Birth: 16 October 1899, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 4 March 1970, Hollywood, California
2. Errol Flynn [aka: Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn]
Date of Birth: 20 June 1909, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Date of Death: 14 October 1959, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
3. Barbara Stanwyck (aka: Ruby Catherine Stevens)
Date of Birth: 16 July 1907 - Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death: 20 January 1990 - Santa Monica, California
the cast includes:
Errol Flynn - Mark Caldwell
Barbara Stanwyck ... Sandra Marshall
Geraldine Brooks - Julie Demarest
Richard Basehart - James Caldwell Demarest
Jerome Cowan - Sen. Charles Caldwell
John Ridgely - Jackson Laidell
Patricia Barry - Angela, Maid (as Patricia White)
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 83 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (12/22/2010)
I am reading some of the reviews people write, talking about Errol Flynn's dilemma of drinking etc. What have his private problems anything to do with his performances - nothing!
Facts remain; he was one of Hollywood's greatest stars ever and remained so till this very day - 50 years after his death. That is a feat in its own. As Jack Warner himself once said, "Bring me a star only half as good as Errol"
Facts remain, he was the greatest entertainer loved by millions all over our globe till this day and that 50 years after his death.
Fact remain, that he was extremely psychological injured in 1942 with this sham and mock trial of which he never recuperated and this was the onset of his down spiral. And who can blame him, being treated with such disrespect. He should have had professional help, but he never had any, maybe pride stood in his way.
Facts remain, that he apparently was made a scapegoat by the Hollywood District Attorney's office to strike back at Warner Brothers for not paying certain fees, which apparently all movie studios pay for protection of their stars against malignment and that is exactly what happened to Errol Flynn, being made an example. Being the top star of Warner Brothers and having a "ladies man" reputation he was the perfect specimen to be made an example of to show Warner Brothers what can be done. It was easy for the District Attorney's office to find some lose girls and drum up false charges, although the case was dismissed by the Grand Jury, the District Attorney's office pushed on and the extremely destructive trial to Errol Flynn began. Although the charges were dismissed again, the enormous irrevocable damage was done. He hated the slogan, born after the trial, "In Like Flynn", he always laughed it off and would act that it does not bother him, but it did, in fact very deeply. In his own words, apparently, to a friend, "It's like a dagger sinking into my heart". Being a very proud man Errol Flynn's pride was hurt deeply, a great psychological shock occurred of which he never recuperated. After that, the zest was gone and the self distraction began.
More importantly, it is to note that Errol Flynn always wanted to do much more serious character acting, but was very rarely given the chance by Warner Brothers. Yes, there was "That Forsyte Woman" and "Cry Wolf", which were extremely good, but it would have been nice if more would have followed. Errol Flynn took his acting very seriously; he hated mediocrity with a passion and always gave his best in all his performances. His strive was always for excellence, which is quite different from a perfectionist. He never was a perfectionist, because for that he had too much savoir faire and a wonderful disposition. Errol Flynn had an amazing temperament, always smiling, always willing to help, he loved fun and practical jokes, a zest for living, kind to people, very investigative and most of all - he always was a gentlemen in the best sense.
Talking about actors choices, one has to know when an actor is under contract the actor has to do most of the time as the studio prescribes - in other words very little choice. For this very fact Olivia de Havilland took Warner Brothers to court to break the typecasting contract.
In addition, he was excellent in comedy, which he proofed beyond of a doubt in "Never Say Goodbye" and "Footsteps in the Dark". "Footsteps in the Dark" could have been a series, like "The Thin Man", which would have been equally as good, if not better. Then there was this fabulous performance in "Thank Your Lucky Stars", which is a total unseen talent of his and a superb performance of song and dance. A talent never exploited by Warner Brothers.
Judging is so easy, but should be avoided, in particular when facts are absent!
One very wise man once said, "Sweep the dirt in front of your own door, there is so much you will have no time to go to other front doors" plus "If you do not have something nice to say - say nothing"
Errol Flynn, sleep in peace you have given millions so many great pleasures and we thank you for it from the bottom of our hearts!