Cry of the City
This virtuoso cat-and-mouse thriller follows a New York cop’s efforts to nail a ruthless gangster.
Dir Robert Siodmak
With Victor Mature, Richard Conte, Shelley Winters, Debra Paget
Both having undergone impoverished childhoods in Little Italy, a cop (Mature) and a gangster (Conte) are caught in a battle of wills; when the latter, wounded, escapes from the prison hospital, the detective must track down a prey so desperate he’ll do anything... Siodmak was one of film noir’s greatest practitioners; here, vivid characterisation, an atmospheric evocation of city life and taut storytelling hold sway.