CRY OF THE CITY (1948) is definitely a film I would purchase if it ever comes available on DVD.
The plot is common enough; Richard Conte plays a hood who has been caught, patched up in the prison hospital, and escapes. He finds and kills the lawyer who was trying to frame him for another robbery. The lawyer is played by Berry Kroeger (if Charles Laughton and Orson Welles had a love-child, it would be exactly like Kroeger). Victor Mature (as Lt. Candella) is out to bring Conte to justice.
By all accounts, it sounds rather run-of-the-mill; like something we've been through enough times before. But I think the difference may be Robert Siodmak, the director who also gave us THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1945), THE KILLERS (1946), and soon CRISS CROSS (1949). Perhaps it is also that Ben Hecht helped with the screenwriting (uncredited).
Whatever the reason, CRY OF THE CITY has an interesting texture. By that, I mean the noirs up until 1948 seem to be quite cold; the city is an unfeeling, uncaring character in the drama. But here, it is perceived more as a warm place that "cries" for the weak. And, as in PITFALL, the domestic situation plays an important role. The scenes with Conte's Italian tenement-based family members add quite a bit of local color. They remind us of what Conte has thrown away in his pursuit of crime. Recommended.