A Cry in the Night (film)
|A Cry in the night|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Frank Tuttle|
|Produced by||George C. Bertholon
|Screenplay by||David Dortort|
|Based on||the novel All Through the Night
by Whit Masterson
|Narrated by||Alan Ladd|
|Music by||David Buttolph|
|Cinematography||John F. Seitz|
|Edited by||Folmar Blangsted|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
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.
- Edmond O'Brien as Capt. Dan Taggart
- Brian Donlevy as Capt. Ed Bates
- Natalie Wood as Liz Taggart
- Raymond Burr as Harold Loftus
- Richard Anderson as Owen Clark
- Irene Hervey as Helen Taggart
- Carol Veazie as Mabel Loftus
- Mary Lawrence as Madge Taggart
- Anthony Caruso as Tony Chavez
- George J. Lewis as George Gerrity
- Peter Hansen as Dr. Frazee
- Tina Carver as Marie Holzapple
- Herb Vigran as Sgt. Jensen
The film was made for Alan Ladd's production company, Jaguar, despite Ladd not appearing in the cast.
- A Cry in the night at the Internet Movie Database.
- 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.
- Kalat, David, A Cry in the Night, Turner Classic Movies: accessed July 14, 2012