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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 for which he was framed in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

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

$100,000 in 1946 (when the theft took place) is equal to about $1,284,850 in 2018; $100,000 in 1951 (when the movie is set) is equal to about $963,640. 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

Delong: You buy nice drinks, mister.
Rocky: But you talk too much.
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Connections

Features Crack-Up (1946) See more »

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Cry Danger
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Lyrics by Leon Pober
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Fun Dialog In This Sort-of-Noir
30 November 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Good dialog and a fast-moving story make this one of the better somewhat-unknown film noirs of its day.

Dick Powell and Jay Adler wisecrack their way through this film with some humorous sarcasm. Both are a lot of fun to watch. Powell was in his prime for this kind of role. He was much more mature looking than in his earlier musical days and he fits the part of a tough detective to a tee. His dialog with the tough cop, played by Regis Toomey, also is excellent stuff.

Jean Porter provides added humor with her supporting role as the bimbo-thief date for Adler and Rhonda Fleming adds beauty. A younger William Conrad - with a dark head of hair and a mustache - also has a key role in here.

Even though it is classified as film noir, I'm not sure it belongs in that category because it doesn't feature the brooding, dark type of characters and atmosphere one usually sees in that genre. One place is does belong is in your collection, if you like classic crime stories. This is another attractive film that still hasn't been issued on DVD.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1951 (USA) See more »

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