Cry of the City (1948 Crime, Drama, Film-Noir )

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Directed by Robert Siodmak based on the novel by Henry Edward Helseth, The Chair for Martin Rome. The screenwriter Ben Hecht worked on the film’s script, but is not credited. The film was partly shot on location in New York City. Siodmak later said “I thought it was good but it’s not really my kind of film: I hate locations – there’s so much you can’t control. Plot 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 15-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. Cast Victor Mature as Lt. Candella Richard Conte as Martin Rome Fred Clark as Lt Collins Shelley Winters as Brenda Martingale Betty Garde as Miss 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

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