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A Cry in the Night (Warner Archive)
A Cry in the Night (Warner Archive) (1956)
Actor: Edmond O'Brien, Brian Donlevy, Natalie Wood, Raymond Burr, Richard Anderson, Irene Hervey, Carol Veazie, Mary Lawrence, Anthony Caruso, George J. Lewis, Peter Hansen, (more) Tina Carver, Herb Vigran, Robert Foulk, Art Gilmore, Alan Ladd
Director: Frank Tuttle
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Thriller, Crime Drama
Year: 1956
Studio: Warner Home Video
Length: 75 minutes
Released: August 16, 2016
Rating: NR
Format: DVD
Misc: Widescreen, NTSC, Black & White
Language: English (Original Language)
SYNOPSIS:
A cop's daughter is abducted by a love-starved psychotic in this dark suspense-thriller from the director of This Gun for Hire and starring Edmond O'Brien, Natalie Wood and Raymond Burr.

Spying Liz Taggart (Wood) while she's out on a date, mentally disturbed mama's boy Harold Loftus (Burr) slaps her unconscious, knocks out her boyfriend (Richard Anderson) and hauls the pretty teen to his lair. Unaware she's a police captain's daughter, Loftus threatens to make Liz his own as her father (OBrien) races to find the kidnapper's hideout before the hulking brute makes good on his plans.

Also starring Brian Donlevy and based on the novel All Through the Night by Touch of Evil's Whit Masterson, A Cry in the Night was produced by Alan Ladd's Jaguar Productions and features child star Natalie Wood in her first grown-up role and Raymond Burr just one year before Perry Mason changed his image from perennial screen villain to hero.
  • Bad parents

    paulf | 01/14/2017
    Raymond Burr completes his pre-"Perry Mason" movie rogues gallery with this eye-opening portrayal of a bloated creep, so twisted by his domineering mother that he's become dangerously erratic and unpredictable. The character is repugnant, yet so clearly a victim of his neurosis that the girl he kidnaps (Natalie Wood) can't hate him, and neither can the viewer. Although the picture itself is rather crass, David Dortort's script make an intriguing artistic statement, drawing a parallel between the sick momma's boy and Wood's character, who's afraid of her police detective father. The dad, biliously played by Edmond O'Brien, has made himself a domestic tyrant by insisting on being a cop 24 hours-a-day. There are many ways of being a bad parent, it seems.
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