|CRY OF THE HUNTED (aka: MEN DON"T CRY) (director: Joseph H. Lewis; screenwriters: story by Jack Leonard & Marion Wolfe/Jack Leonard; cinematographer: Harold Lipstein; editor: Conrad A. Nervig; music: Rudolph G. Kopp; cast: Vittorio Gassman (Jory), Barry Sullivan (Lt. Tunner), Polly Bergen (Janet Tunner), William Conrad (Goodwin), Mary Zavian (Ella), Robert Burton (Warden Keeley), Harry Shannon (Sheriff Brown), Jonathan Cott (Deputy Davis); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: William Grady Jr.; MGM; 1953)|
by Dennis Schwartz
prison escape film scores well for thrills and of
offering an authentic look. It was shot in the
swamps. Veteran indie B film director Joseph H.
Lewis ("My Name is Julia Ross"/"The Big
Combo"/"Terror in a Texas Town") as usual does a good
job directing such a budget limited project. It's
based on a story by Jack Leonard &
Marion Wolfe, with the screenplay by Leonard.
actor Vittorio Gassman plays a Cajun
incarcerated at Branville State Penitentiary
for robbery and escapes on the way to the DA to rat on
his crime partners. But when his escort, Lt.
Tunner' (Barry Sullivan) underpaid and
embittered assistant, Goodwin (William Conrad),
collides with another car, Gassman flees. He's chased
feverishly through the Louisiana bayous by
the humanitarian Lt. Tunner, on orders
from the warden (Robert Burton). The
hard-nosed local Sheriff Brown (Harry
Shannon) hates Tunner's soft approach, and joins
the chase. They locate the fugitive hopping a freight
train back home to Louisiana. In
Gassman's shack in the swamps, Tunner peacefully nabs
him. But then some odd events occur when the
fugitive's hostile backwater wife (Mary
Zavian) interferes and Gassman's deal to return
peacefully is off. It reaches the finale with Goodwin
and Tunner searching the swamps together for Gassman,
until Goodwin has enough and retreats. This allows
Tunner to go on successfully alone.
again Lewis's filmmaking skills rescues a stale story
from failure. The result is an enjoyable thriller.
Bergen plays Sullivan's loyal wife. Jonathan
Cott is believable as a bigoted deputy.
REVIEWED ON 7/2/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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