Cry of the City
Cry of the City (1948)

Cry of the City is a vintage 20th Century-Fox crime melodrama with a powerhouse "film noir" cast. Victor Mature is a New York police detective reluctantly tracking down a cop killer (Richard Conte) who happens to be Mature's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1948
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Film noir doesn't get much murkier than Robert Siodmak's 1948 New York-set immigrant story.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Cry of the City may be strident at times but its message, story and players are thoroughly effective.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

The sequences on the rainy, neon-lit streets of downtown Manhattan are brought off with exhilarating flair and the two men's closeup confrontations have power and punch.

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Variety Staff
Variety

It's an exciting motion picture, credibly put together to wring out every bit of strong action and tension inherent in such a plot.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

The beauty of Siodmak's film is how it objectively observes how a man acts with the spectre of death on his shoulder.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Splendid on-location photography by Sersen and top performances from Mature, Conte, and the wicked Emerson make this a film noir must.

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Time Out

Riveting example of Siodmak's skill not only in transforming indifferent material, but in giving the feel of studio noir to location shooting.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

In luscious blacks and whites, this film noir thriller takes place in Little Italy, New York, and is a precursor to the cinema of Scorsese, with a touch of Hitchcock in its affectionate embrace of man's dark side.

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Film4

The supporting cast is mainly wasted, with interesting characters quickly sidelined in favour of an impossibly complicated story, while a plot strand involving stolen diamonds just doesn't work.

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