Cry Wolf

Overview

The tense psychological drama Cry Wolf offers a fascinating if not altogether successful change of pace for action star Errol Flynn. Most of the story takes place at a remote and forbidding mansion, where Sandra Marshall Barbara Stanwyck, the widow of the house's owner, arrives to take charge. An apparent golddigger, Sandra refuses to be bought off with a small cash settlement and insists on claiming her late husband's entire estate, which earns her a powerful enemy in the form of research scientist Mark Caldwell...
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Overview

The tense psychological drama Cry Wolf offers a fascinating if not altogether successful change of pace for action star Errol Flynn. Most of the story takes place at a remote and forbidding mansion, where Sandra Marshall Barbara Stanwyck, the widow of the house's owner, arrives to take charge. An apparent golddigger, Sandra refuses to be bought off with a small cash settlement and insists on claiming her late husband's entire estate, which earns her a powerful enemy in the form of research scientist Mark Caldwell Flynn. Upon learning that her headstrong sister-in-law Julie Geraldine Brooks is kept a virtual prisoner in the house, Sandra begins suspecting that Caldwell is up to no good-a suspicion seemingly confirmed when Julie dies under mysterious circumstances. But as the story slowly unravels, it becomes clear that Caldwell is actually the hero of the piece, while the villain is...well, best not to give too much away here. Cry Wolf was Geraldine Brooks' first film, and the second for her costar Richard Basehart.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Cry Wolf wants so hard to be a nail-biting, eerie "old dark house" mystery that a viewer keeps trying to put aside its flaws and give it the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, Wolf never justifies this effort on the viewer's part, and ends up being overall a disappointment; it's adequate, but nothing more. None of this is the fault of star Barbara Stanwyck, who turns in one of her usually dependable performances. During this period (and indeed, even in later periods when her status as a major star had waned), Stanwyck could be counted on to put her all into a role, even when the material scarcely deserved such devotion, and such is the case with Wolf. She pretends the screenplay isn't as full of holes as it so obviously is, she makes he character make sense even when it clearly doesn't, and she delivers some painfully inept dialogue as if she had been handed Billy Wilder at his sharpest. She rises above the material, which unfortunately her co-star Errol Flynn does not. Granted, his character has been handled much worse than Stanwyck's; the creators want an Max de Winter type who keeps the audience guessing as to his true character and intentions, but they saddle the actor with a character that is simply undefined and changes whenever the writers wish him to. Under the circumstances, there's little Flynn can do, but he unfortunately chooses thereby to do little indeed. Richard Basehart comes off a bit better, and some will appreciate Geraldine Brooks' mannered performance. Peter Godfrey's direction is scattershot, much like the screenplay. So it all ends up on Stanwyck's back pretty much -- whose back, fortunately, is pretty sturdy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • UPC: 883316286265
  • Original Release: 1947
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,408

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Mark Caldwell
Barbara Stanwyck Sandra Marshall
Richard Basehart James Demarest
Geraldine Brooks Julie Demarest
Jerome Cowan Sen. Caldwell
John Ridgely Jackson Laidell
Patricia White Angela
Rory Mallinson Becket
Helene Thimig Marta
Paul Stanton Davenport
Barry Bernard Roberts, the Groom
Lisa Golm Mrs. Laidell
Jack Mower Watkins
Paul Panzer Gatekeeper
Creighton Hale Dr. Reynolds
John Elliott Clergyman
Technical Credits
Peter Godfrey Director
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Henry Blanke Producer
Robert Burks Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer
Carl Guthrie Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
Jack McConaghy Set Decoration/Design
William McGann Special Effects
Leonid Raab Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Catherine Turney Screenwriter
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director
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