The hard-hitting suspense of the chase formula is given topnotch presentation in Cry of the City. It’s an exciting motion picture, credibly put together to wring out every bit of strong action and tension inherent in such a plot. Robert Siodmak’s penchant for shaping melodramatic excitement that gets through to an audience is realistically carried out in this one.
The telling screenplay by Richard Murphy, based on a novel, The Chair for Martin Rome by Henry Edward Helseth, presents Victor Mature as a police lieutenant in homicide and Richard Conte as a cop-killer – antagonists, although both sprung from New York’s Italian sector.
Shelley Winters sparks small assignment of a girl who drives the killer through the New York streets while an unlicensed doctor works desperately to patch up his wounds.