DVD: Cry Vengeance

STUDIO: Olive Films | DIRECTOR: Mark Stevens | CAST: Mark Stevens, Martha Hyer, Skip Homeier, Joan Vohs, Douglas Kennedy, John Doucett
BLU-RAY & DVD RELEASE DATE: 7/30/2013 | PRICE: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
BONUSES: none
SPECS: NR | 80 min. | Crime drama | 1.78:1 widescreen | monaural

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

 

The 1954 crime drama Cry Vengeance is a lesser known film noir entry starring genre veteran Mark Stevens (The Dark Corner, The Street with No Name), here also making his very competent directorial debut.

Cry Vengeance movie scene

Skip Homeier (l.) and Mark Stevens get criminal in Cry Vengeance.

Tough ex-cop Vic Barron (Stevens) is just out of prison after being framed for the murder of his wife and daughter and he’s got vengeance on his mind. He sniffs out the gangster he believes was responsible the crime, Tino Morelli (Douglas Kennedy), who’s now living in a small town in Alaska with a new identity and his own young daughter. The scarred Barron also learns that Morelli’s psychotic hitman Roxey Davis (a white-haired Skip Homeier) has taken up with his ex-gal Lily (Joan Vohs). Barron heads up to Alaska and, one pretty bartender (Martha Hyer) and a handful of twists and double-crosses later, he discovers the truth about the explosion that killed his family and finds resolution he has been seeking, though not exactly the one he was expecting.

Cry Vengeance’s story and so-so dialogue by Warren Douglas and George Bricker don’t really offer much that hadn’t been seen previously—in fact, the plot takes a lot from the previous year’s popular The Big Heat. But the Alaskan settings, particularly the exteriors, are certainly fresh, and Homeier’s supporting turn is memorably sadistic and nutty. That said, the DVD and Blu-ray debut of Cry Vengeance is worth noting by noir lovers and completists who are looking to fill in the blanks in their library.

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.