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1951's Cry Danger does not revolutionize the film noir genre with its plot - a man who was framed for a crime gets out of prison and tries to get the true culprits - but it distinguished itself through its humor. Dick Powell, in the lead, puts his dry delivery to its best use, rapid-firing snappy remarks that sting as much as zing. He takes everything with a sort of "of course", but is never defeated. Life is against him, he knows that's just par for the course. And he's not carrying the film alone. The trailer park setting with its unreliable proprietor, the drunk sidekick and his pickpocketing girlfriend... There's a lot of humor to be had there too. But it's not entirely without noir viciousness either, and some scenes pack a necessary punch. I feel like noir stories today are more like this than films from the 40s, though Cry Danger is unlikely to get any credit for it. Given its sometimes limited availability over the years, I'm not gonna cry foul, but it's a fun watch.
Highly deserving of being better known.Powell shows that 'Murder my sweet' was not a one off, and he should have done a lot more Noirs.
As Walter neff says ''most snappy comebacks of any noir"
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