Director Robert Siodmak (Criss Cross, The Killers), one of noir’s great stylists and key talents, here marries his trademark studio Expressionism with the shot-in-the-streets semi-documentary realism of many late-1940s noirs. Victor Mature, as a cop, and Richard Conte, as a wounded cop-killer, are boyhood pals now facing off in good-versus-evil battle on the mean streets of Manhattan. Shelley Winters co-stars. Various corrupt lowlifes — check out that sadistic masseuse! — make memorable appearances. “Riveting ... Rarely has the cruel, lived-in squalor of the city been presented in such telling detail” (Tom Milne, Time Out).
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"Emerges as a starkly tough yarn ... Cry of the City may be strident at times but its message, story and players are thoroughly effective."New York Times | full review