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Courtesy of UCLA Festival of Preservation

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Directed by Robert Parrish




79 minutes


Framed for a crime, an ex-con (Dick Powell) searches for the real culprit. Rhonda Fleming also stars in this L.A. film noir filled with double crosses. The film's standout performance comes from supporting actor Richard Erdman, who, according to a review from the New York Times, "[had] been around Hollywood since 1943—just waiting for the right chance, no doubt."

In his directorial debut, former editor Robert Parrish skillfully illuminates screenwriter Bill Bowers’s equally acerbic and droll Cry Danger into an under-appreciated noir gem. Dick Powell had already transitioned comfortably to crime dramas with the likes of Murder, My Sweet and Pitfall. Jean Porter, wife of frequent noir director Edward Dmytryk, is also a delight as one of the several downtown L.A. denizens adding equally amusing and seedy local color. Preservation partner and Film Noir Foundation President Eddie Muller calls it a “crackerjack crime film—short, smart, sassy, and full of surprises.” —UCLA