Day 22 of Noirvember: Cry of the City (1948)

Gritty and fast-paced, Cry of the City focuses on a mélange of distinctive characters, including Martin Rome (love that name), played by Richard Conte, a small-time hood who has recently added the murder of a cop to his long list of misdeeds; Teena (Debra Paget), Rome’s unflaggingly steadfast girlfriend; Niles (Berry Kroeger), an unscrupulous attorney who tries to pay Rome to take the rap for a jewel theft he didn’t commit; Rose Given (Hope Emerson), a local masseuse with a lethal technique; and Lt. Vittorio Candella (Victor Mature), a detective who is determined to bring Rome to justice. The film’s first-rate cast also included Shelley Winters, Betty Garde (a solid “Dark Corner Performer” candidate), Fred Clark, and Tito Vuolo.

Favorite quote:

“They’ll make a Robin Hood out of a cheap hoodlum like that. The longer he’s loose, the bigger hero he is.” – Victor Mature

Trivia tidbit:

Cry of the City was Debra Paget’s screen debut. She went on to appear in featured roles in two additional noirs: House of Strangers (1949) and Fourteen Hours (1951).

Take a moment between bites of turkey to join me for Day 23 of Noirvember tomorrow!

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 22, 2017.

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