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Most realistic film noire character
I hate films with characters who are so baaad or so good, they are unbeivable. Dick Powell plays a completely credible character, a little flawed, not one to turn down a buck, and only pushes back when he is forced. He also doesn't get the girl, and wow, what a girl. Perhaps I am defeating my own premise. Most of us probably would take the money, girl and run. Great film, made on location, not a lot, lots of witty dialog, and my favorite "Russian Roulette scene. Those youngsters who are accustomed to 3D, blueray and color, may find the film dated technically. But when you learn that if Powell had not saved a 16mm verson, probably one that had been made for viewing on subs and small ships, this film would have not been available at all.
- John Muuss
This is another great film noir. I only wish someone would please put it on at least a DVD if not bluray. Dick Powell was a master along with Bogie and Mitch.
**** A dark mean riveting revengful film. Good Good Good!
Dick and the Fat Man
- Jeff Boston
Conrad cons Powell, then "POW" - a taut little film's first half of witty dialogue gives way to wicked action. Erdman plays an erstwhile Hollywood staple, the protagonist's drunk buddy ("when you drink as much as I do, you have to start early") and almost every character with more than a minute of screen time has a good line or two, or three.
Cry Danger (1950)
- James Higgins
First rate crime revenge drama, a good film noir example. Great black and white cinematography and a fine cast, particularly Dick Powell. Well made, suspenseful. The slow pacing really works for the film.
Good moveie, Great dialogue...
- Steve S.
and Dick Powell doesn't miss a beat delivering it. Richard Erdman is also sharp as a tack. And, Ms. Fleming in a sweater is very easy on the eyes. C'mon folks, put it out on DVD!
Dick Powell soars in rarely screened noir gem
- Robert S. Gilmore
His career reborn as a tough guy, the crooner turned Private Eye demonstrates again how much fun film noir can be in this mystery about a convict that is released from a life term for robbery by the recent testmoney of a crippled Marine (Richard Erdman)and his quest to prove that he really was innocent of the crime. Along the way he must pass up quite a few temptations including a pass from his best friend's wife (his buddy is still in prison for the same crime) as well as payoff money from the mob that worries that a released Powell may just get to close to the truth. There is nothing new or unique in "Cry Danger" but as an example of the genre in its second decade,eshewing the expressionistic studio constructs of noir's 1940's stylings director Parrish takes us outdoors to sunny SoCal but the femme fataleis just as rotten in the sun baked suberbs. I have read that we should not be holding our breaths for the film to be released on DVD anytime soon as this transfer (used for a 1992 VHS release) was the last that could be mined from the film negative which is now in a terrible state of repair so you had better set your DVD recorder.....