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- kevin sellers
Good if not great noir that features a solid Dick Powell performance, one by Richard Erdman as a wheedling, venal drunk that is several notches above Powell's, great shots of my hometown, the cradle of noir, in the early 50s and of course, as many previous reviewers have noted, a fine screenplay by William Bowers that pulls off the difficult balancing act of being snappy without being overly talky. My two chief problems with this film center around Rhonda Fleming's general lack of acting talent and Robert Parrish's direction which, while well paced, as befits a former editor, lacks the brooding, decadent mood of the great noir masters like Lang, Siodmak, or Ray, a mood where you can literally feel the corruption crawl up your skin. Give it a B.
Cry Hooray for Cry Danger
- el debbo
What a great movie. I appreciated the locations. Dick Powell was absolutely perfect-O. Saw a Richard Erdman interview about this one and he said Robert Parrish (this was his directorial debut) phoned him at 3 a.m. and said "Tomorrow, you're gonna make a sandwich, pour a glass of milk...etc" about the scene where he goes right back to the whiskey. Hard to believe Parrish directed such a variety, including The Bobo. This movie was fantastic because of the tight plot, but the dialogue was out of this world! Everyone's sassy, brassy, quick-on-the-draw. Erdman also said that Jay Adler (trailer park manager, Williams) was a real character. When he was 14 he was sent to military school, stayed 2 weeks, and then burned the place to the ground.
Almost lost gem
Being in the Service, and serving in a small detachment, even those who disliked films, had too much time on their hands. So we watched 16mm films that could be played in small tight spaces, and helped save valuable space for other films we often watched a dozen times. Although I never saw this particular film, I would probably watched it as many times as I could, until it was exchanged for another batch. I could really identify with the film because I ended up in law enforcement, and dealt with gambling and gamblers. Powell plays a perfect character, not good, not bad, with a set of grudges and score settling. Unlike todays films, it lacks the gore and violence, but people are killed, wounded and maimed. Enough to get the idea without throwing up. Ever see a REAL body shot full of holes? There are so many twists and turns. The little bar tramp who innocently gets killed, the beautiful Rhoda Flemming playing the real hypocritical, self serving tramp. For those who have served in the military, and had to live off base, and find a place in a rush, many of us ended up looking at trailers to rent for a short time, and the temporary home was a perfect example of places you would not like to share with the rats, the four legged and two legged kind. Richard Erdman, who plays the Marine who has lost all of his reasons for joining, and a leg. He, like many vets, has a major problem with alcohol addition. I could go on, but doubt TCM allows the space.
Saved from 16mm, should be made into DVD for sale.
If someone born after this film was made, and asks "just what was film noire" tell him to watch this flic. That may be difficult, since its hardly ever shown. A good example of a low budget film that can be good if made with good actors, a decent director and script. One can hardly imagine the switch made by Powell from a silly matinee idol in the 1930' s into a believable tough guy in the 1940's.
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.....