Watch: Crime Wave 1953 123movies, Full Movie Online – Three San Quentin escapees (Penny, Hastings and Morgan) kill a cop in a gas-station holdup. Wounded, Morgan flees through black-shadowed streets to the handiest refuge: with former cellmate Steve Lacey, who’s paroled, with a new life and lovely wife, and can’t afford to be caught associating with old cronies. But homicide detective Sims wants to use Steve to help him catch Penny and Hastings, who in turn extort his help in a bank job. Is there no way out for Steve?.
Plot: Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter. The other two former cellmates then attempt to force him into doing a bank job.
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Brilliant B-Movie Noir
An American Cinematheque presentation at The Egyptian.
A great little ‘second feature’ noir. Hayden is brilliant as the tough and cynical cop willing to break any rule to catch a couple of cop killers, and Phyllis Kirk oozes B-movie sex-appeal as the good-girl caught in the middle. With some genuinely funny dialogue, solid performances all round, and wonderful location filming around downtown Los Angeles, Chinatown and Glendale, the movie is a brilliant testament to the quality of so many cheap post-war crime thrillers. Of particular interest is the location filming inside the LAPD offices and dispatch room in City Hall.
Charles Bronson plays a tough-guy killer in an early supporting role. Timothy Carey shows up to chew the scenery as a bizarre, bog-eyed, dope-fiend, rape-o. And there’s a great car chase through the Downtown city streets at night.
A minor classic. Entertaining throughout.
A film noir/crime drama gem
With a diverse taste in film (hopefully), spreading across all genres and all decades, crime dramas are right up my street, even the dark and gritty ones.
‘The City is Dark’ (as credited here in the UK rather than ‘Crime Wave’, prefer the latter title personally) is as dark and gritty as one can get and is as far from glamorous (pretty seedy actually too), but that is what makes it the little film noir/crime drama gem it is. It isn’t quite a masterpiece, but ‘The City is Dark’ at its best is excellent and deserves far more exposure than it’s gotten. Maybe it is a little too short and it does cram in a lot in a short running time, perhaps a little too much in places. However, it is never dull and one is kept on the edge of their seat throughout.
Its production values are superb, with gritty but also pretty sumptuous cinematography and suitably seedy settings. Atmospheric lighting too. The haunting score by David Buttolph adds a lot, as does the taut direction by generally under-appreciated Andre De Toth. It is interesting to hear the Gershwin brothers classic “S Wonderful” on the radio, sung by none other by Doris Day, and no despite how that sounds it’s not out of place at all.
Writing is tight and suspenseful with a lot of thought-provoking moments. The story is just as tense and is basically a gritty look at police methods, the criminal world and the difficulties crooks face when reforming, compellingly told.
Very strong cast, with an excellent Sterling Hayden and Gene Nelson, who considering the stuff he’s most famous for (dancing and musicals, completely different kettle of fish) one wouldn’t expect to work at all but he does. Phyllis Kirk is good support, as is a slimy Jay Novello and the terrifying support of Ted De Corsia and Timothy Carey. A young Charles Bronson also does a good job.
Overall, it is a shame that ‘The City is Dark’ is as underrated as it is because it really is a very good film with very little to dislike. 8/10 Bethany Cox
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 13 min (73 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director André De Toth
Writer Crane Wilbur, Bernard Gordon, Richard Wormser
Actors Gene Nelson, Sterling Hayden, Phyllis Kirk
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,100 m (1953) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm