Cry Wolf (1947)

83 mins | Drama | 16 August 1947

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Producer:

Henry Blanke

Cinematographer:

Carl Guthrie

Production Designer:

Carl Jules Weyl

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Full page view
HISTORY

According to a 9 Aug 1945 HR news item, Warner Bros. bought the Marjorie Carlton novel as a vehicle for Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan. Although the onscreen credits indicate that Geraldine Brooks made her debut in this film, she appeared in the Warner Bros. film Possessed , which was released earlier in ... More Less

According to a 9 Aug 1945 HR news item, Warner Bros. bought the Marjorie Carlton novel as a vehicle for Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan. Although the onscreen credits indicate that Geraldine Brooks made her debut in this film, she appeared in the Warner Bros. film Possessed , which was released earlier in 1947. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Jul 1947.
---
Daily Variety
1-Jul-47
---
Film Daily
1 Jul 47
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 45
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 46
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 46
p. 23.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jul 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
25 May 46
p. 41.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Jul 1947.
---
New York Times
19 Jul 47
p. 10.
Variety
2 Jul 47
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Thomson Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
Miss Stanwyck's ward
MUSIC
Orch arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit pub
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Cry Wolf by Marjorie Carleton (New York, 1945).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 August 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 18 July 1947
Production Date:
mid May--mid July 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 August 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1161
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After Sandra Marshall learns that James Demarest has died, she surprises his uncle, Mark Caldwell, with the news that she and Jim were secretly married. Although Sandra shows Mark a marriage license, he refuses to believe her claim because Jim never mentioned it. Sandra reminds Mark of the conditions of Jim's mother's will: Jim's money was to be held in trust until he reached thirty or until he married. She had married Jim as a favor, in exchange for the money which she needed to finish her education. At the end of six months, she was to divorce him, but as only five months have passed since the marriage, Sandra now stands to inherit two million dollars. At dinner, Sandra meets Jim's younger sister Julie, who berates Mark for opening a letter addressed to her from Ronnie Manning, the boy she loves. Later, Sandra questions Julie and learns that Mark had interfered with Jim's engagement to another woman. Because Jim was buried in a closed casket, Sandra is surprised to learn that he died of pneumonia. She is also shocked by the restrictions Mark places on Julie, who is not allowed to leave the estate and is constantly watched by the servants. That night, an hysterical Julie runs into Sandra's room, frightened by the sound of agonized cries coming from Mark's laboratory. Sandra tries to calm her, then hears the cries herself. The next morning, following Sandra's directions, Julie tells Mark about the sounds, but omits mentioning her visit to Sandra's room. Mark attributes her experience to a vivid imagination. When Sandra later examines Jim's room, she notices that ... +


After Sandra Marshall learns that James Demarest has died, she surprises his uncle, Mark Caldwell, with the news that she and Jim were secretly married. Although Sandra shows Mark a marriage license, he refuses to believe her claim because Jim never mentioned it. Sandra reminds Mark of the conditions of Jim's mother's will: Jim's money was to be held in trust until he reached thirty or until he married. She had married Jim as a favor, in exchange for the money which she needed to finish her education. At the end of six months, she was to divorce him, but as only five months have passed since the marriage, Sandra now stands to inherit two million dollars. At dinner, Sandra meets Jim's younger sister Julie, who berates Mark for opening a letter addressed to her from Ronnie Manning, the boy she loves. Later, Sandra questions Julie and learns that Mark had interfered with Jim's engagement to another woman. Because Jim was buried in a closed casket, Sandra is surprised to learn that he died of pneumonia. She is also shocked by the restrictions Mark places on Julie, who is not allowed to leave the estate and is constantly watched by the servants. That night, an hysterical Julie runs into Sandra's room, frightened by the sound of agonized cries coming from Mark's laboratory. Sandra tries to calm her, then hears the cries herself. The next morning, following Sandra's directions, Julie tells Mark about the sounds, but omits mentioning her visit to Sandra's room. Mark attributes her experience to a vivid imagination. When Sandra later examines Jim's room, she notices that his pipes and sports clothes are missing, and Julie becomes agitated at the thought that her brother might still be alive. When Mark hears this, he locks Julie in her room and orders Sandra not to fill her head with fantasies. That night, Sandra enters the laboratory through the dumbwaiter. She eavesdrops on a conversation between Mark and Jackson Laidell, a servant, about the lodge at Three Hills, but her investigations are cut short by a woman's scream. Julie has fallen to her death from her window. When Mark calls the fall an accident, Sandra accuses him of lying and reveals that she also heard the screams during the night. After Julie's funeral, Mark tells Sandra that proof of her marriage to Jim has been discovered and apologizes for his rudeness to her. Sandra accepts his apology, but still determined to learn the truth, takes a horseback ride to the lodge at Three Hills. There she learns that Jim is still alive. At first Jim does not recognize her, but then tells her that he will escape that night and meet her at the house. Back at the house, Sandra confronts Mark with her knowledge that Jim is alive. Mark explains that when Jim and Julie's father died, he was violently insane, and consequently, their mother put their inheritance in trust. Jim is being kept a prisoner because he killed a man in a fight, a scandal that would have ruined the political career of Mark's brother Charles. The judge agreed to keep the murder a secret as long as Mark kept Jim away from others. Mark adds that Julie must have suspected the truth and killed herself. As Mark finishes his story, Jim appears, and a struggle ensues, during which Jim is killed. Mark and Sandra are now free to pursue the possibility of a romance. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.