A Cry in the Night (film)

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A Cry in the night
Cry in the night 1956 poster small.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Produced by George C. Bertholon
Alan Ladd
Screenplay by David Dortort
Based on the novel All Through the Night 
by Whit Masterson
Starring Edmond O'Brien
Brian Donlevy
Natalie Wood
Raymond Burr
Narrated by Alan Ladd
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by Folmar Blangsted
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • August 17, 1956 (1956-08-17) (United States)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Cry in the Night is a 1956 dramatic thriller film starring Edmond O'Brien, Natalie Wood and Raymond Burr.[1]


Eighteen-year-old Liz Taggart has gone to a lovers' lane with her boyfriend, Owen Clark, who has not yet been introduced to her parents. Unbeknownst to them, a psychopath named Harold Loftus has been watching them. Loftus knocks Owen unconscious and overpowers Liz, taking her to a shack.

A couple on a motorcycle try to revive Owen with liquor, but leave when he doesn't wake up. Police arrive and mistakenly conclude that Owen is drunk. At the station, night-shift captain Ed Bates hears the story and realizes that Liz is the daughter of the day-shift captain, Dan Taggart.

While holding Liz prisoner, Loftus tries to force himself on her. Loftus' mother, Mabel, phones police when her son does not return home. Liz manages to get hold of Loftus' gun, but finds it's not loaded.

Taggart is furious with Owen, blaming him for what has happened, but his wife scolds Taggart for intimidating their daughter to the point that she kept her relationship secret. When the police officers find the shack, Owen saves Taggart's life by leaping on Loftus at the last second. Taggart begins beating Loftus, who cries out for his mother.

After Loftus is taken into custody, Taggart invites Owen to accompany Liz back home.



The film was made for Alan Ladd's production company, Jaguar, despite Ladd not appearing in the cast.[2]

During the making of the film, Natalie Wood had a relationship with Raymond Burr, despite Burr being gay.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A Cry in the night at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ TV Story Bought For Metro Movie: Gelman Dramatization From Montgomery Show Is Titled 'Return of Johnny Burro' By Thomas M. Pryor Special to The New York Times. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 13 Oct 1955: 35.
  3. ^ Kalat, David, A Cry in the Night, Turner Classic Movies: accessed July 14, 2012

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