All the ingredients for a suspenseful melodrama are contained in Cry Danger. Plot [from a story by Jerome Cady] opens with Dick Powell returning after five years in prison, having been pardoned from a life sentence when new evidence turns up that clears him of a robbery rap. Evidence was manufactured by a crippled Marine vet (Richard Erdman) who figures Powell will be grateful enough to cut up some of the $100,000 loot he is supposed to have hidden.

All the ingredients for a suspenseful melodrama are contained in Cry Danger. Plot [from a story by Jerome Cady] opens with Dick Powell returning after five years in prison, having been pardoned from a life sentence when new evidence turns up that clears him of a robbery rap. Evidence was manufactured by a crippled Marine vet (Richard Erdman) who figures Powell will be grateful enough to cut up some of the $100,000 loot he is supposed to have hidden.

Powell sees the pardon as an opportunity to bring the guilty parties to justice and free a friend still in prison. Scene of all the plot movement is the poorer section of Los Angeles, where Powell and Erdman have holed up in a crummy trailer camp to be near Rhonda Fleming, wife of the friend still in prison.

Robert Parrish, erstwhile film editor, makes a strong directorial bow.

Cry Danger

Production

Olympic. Director Robert Parrish; Producer Sam Wiesenthal, W.R. Frank; Screenplay William Bowers; Camera Joseph F. Biroc; Editor Bernard W. Burton; Music Emil Newman, Paul Dunlap;; Art Director Richard Day

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 79 MIN.

With

Dick Powell Rhonda Fleming Richard Erdman William Conrad Regis Toomey Jean Porter
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