- Actors: Victor Mature, Richard Conte, Fred Clark, Shelley Winters, Betty Garde
- Directors: Robert Siodmak
- Producers: Sol C. Siegel
- Format: Black & White, PAL, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Bfi
- DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2007
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000SKKCZA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,251 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Cry Of The City 
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Classic film noir starring Victor Mature and Richard Conte. Cop killer Martin Rome (Conte) is recuperating in hospital after a shoot-out when he is approached by corrupt lawyer W.A. Niles (Berry Kroeger) and asked to confess to another crime to absolve Niles' client of any blame. The attorney claims that Rome and his wife Teena (Debra Paget) were involved in a jewel heist which left a woman dead, forcing police Lt. Candella (Mature) to investigate the allegations. But the lieutenant's task is complicated by his friendship with Rome's family, having grown up with the criminal who is now determined to prove his innocence.
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The story seems a little empty and the film never really kicks into gear. The cast are good but the storyline is unrealistic and uninteresting. Family friends take a different life-path – one good and one bad – leading to a showdown in the end. Even the climax is horribly contrived. Nothing very memorable but the cast make it ok for a single viewing to pass some time.
It has a superb noir central section, from Conte's escape from hospital and his time on the run aided by a Gangster's Moll (played by Shelley Winters), and patched up by a disbarred doctor. He has a run in with a slimy slug of a crooked lawyer (played by Berry Kroeger) which leads to an encounter with a hard-bitten masseuse played by Hope Emerson, who steals the show as a 6ft. 2ins. 230 lbs femme fatale who makes mincemeat of tough-guy Conte.
What spoils the film is the sentimental depiction of the Italian family and the battle for the soul of a young girl and the killer's younger brother.
Touted by some as a noir classic, it is in reality an uneven and formulaic crime drama raised from the mundane by some inspired noir touches.
3 1/2 stars.
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