πŸŽ₯ Cry of the City – 1948

The Story …

Martin Rome (Richard Conte), a hardened criminal, is in a hospital room awaiting surgery for wounds he received in a shootout where he killed a police officer.

At the hospital, he is visited by members of his family and his girlfriend, Teena Ricante (played by 14-year old Debra Paget), as well as by police detectives Candella (Victor Mature) and Collins (Fred Clark).

The officers question Rome about a jewel robbery and murder, for which another man has already been caught and sentenced to death. Candella especially despises Rome for having turned to crime though they had been childhood friends from the same poor Italian-American neighborhood.

Rome is also visited by W.A. Niles (Berry Kroeger), a shady lawyer, who attempts to coerce Rome into confessing to the jewel robbery, threatening to harm Teena. Rome reacts by trying to strangle the lawyer. Later, Rome charms his nurse, Miss Pruett (Betty Garde), into hiding Teena from Niles and the police at her own apartment.

After being transferred to the prison’s hospital ward, Rome escapes with the help of a trusty (Walter Baldwin). Going to Niles’ office to demand money to allow him and Teena to get away, Rome discovers the stolen jewels and makes Niles confess that the woman accomplice in the murder/robbery was a surly, heavy-set masseuse named Rose Givens (Hope Emerson).

When Niles goes for a gun, Rome knifes him to death, though the resulting gunshot accidentally kills Niles’ receptionist, Vera, who was listening to the conversation in the outer office. He takes the jewels, concealing them in a locker in a subway station.

Rome, feverish and exhausted, goes to his parents’ apartment. Although Rome is rejected by his father, his teenage brother Tony (Tommy Cook) worships him. Their mother tells Rome he must leave, but while she is preparing him some food, Candella shows up.

As he is about to search the apartment, Rome appears holding a gun. When Rome escapes, Candella has a talk with Tony, warning him about following in his brother’s criminal ways.

Rome uses an old girlfriend, Brenda (Shelley Winters), to track down Rose Givens’ address, but he is so weak that Brenda gets an unlicensed foreign doctor (Konstantin Shayne) to attend to him.

When Brenda finally drops Rome off at Rose Givens’ address, he offers to give Rose the jewels that he took from Niles’ office in exchange for “five thousand dollars, a car, a way out of the country and a good night’s sleep”.

At the police station, Candella and Collins question people who might have helped Rome to escape from the prison hospital and after, including the trusty from the prison, the man in charge of the hospital ward, and several unlicensed doctors. One of those doctors is the veterinarian, who confesses to treating the wanted man.

Meanwhile, Rose has set out to get money and transportation for Rome, who double-crosses her by telephoning Candella to let him know that he will meet Rose at a subway station where the jewels are stored in a locker.

Rome meets Rose first and demands the cash she promised, but she demands the jewels first. When the police arrive to take her, she tries to shoot Rome but wounds Candella instead.

Candella leaves the hospital where he was being treated to look for Teena, who might lead him to Rome. He discovers that Teena has gone to a church, where Rome meets her. Teena, however, refuses to go away with Rome, and Candella arrives, persuading her to leave the church.

As Candella arrests Rome and leads him out of the church, Rome, seeing that Candella is wounded and bleeding and would not be able to keep up to him in a chase, breaks away and runs down the street.

Candella fires at the escaping criminal, killing him. Just arriving on the scene, Rome’s brother Tony, who could not bring himself to steal money from their mother as Rome had asked, breaks down in tears.

Credits :

  • Directed by Robert Siodmak
  • Screenplay by Richard Murphy and Ben Hecht
  • Based on The Chair for Martin Rome 1947 novel by Henry Edward Helseth
  • Produced by Sol C. Siegel
  • Cinematography : Lloyd Ahern
  • Edited by Harmon Jones
  • Music by Alfred Newman
  • Colour Process : Black and white
  • Production Company : 20th Century Fox
  • Distributed by 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date : September 29, 1948

Cast :

  • Victor Mature as Lt. Vittorio Candella
  • Richard Conte as Martin Rome
  • Fred Clark as Lt. Jim Collins
  • Shelley Winters as Brenda Martingale
  • Betty Garde as Nurse Frances Pruett
  • Berry Kroeger as W. A. Niles
  • Tommy Cook as Tony Rome
  • Debra Paget as Teena Ricante
  • Hope Emerson as Rose Givens
  • Roland Winters as Ledbetter
  • Walter Baldwin as Orvy
  • June Storey as Miss Boone
  • Tito Vuolo as Papa Rome
  • Mimi Aguglia as Mama Rome
  • Konstantin Shayne as Dr. Veroff
  • Howard Freeman as Sullivan
  • Joan Miller as Vera
  • Dolores Castle as Rosa
  • Kathleen Howard as Miss Pruett’s Mother

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry_of_the_City

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