City That Never Sleeps

City That Never Sleeps

Director: John H. Auer

Cast: Gig Young, Mala Powers, William Talman

     
 

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John Auer directed and Steve Fisher wrote this police procedural film in the vein of the popular Detective Story of two years earlier. The film juggles around four characters through a particularly bad night in a Chicago precinct -- Johnny Kelly (Gig Young), a stressed out cop ready to crack; Sally "Angel Face" Connors (Mala Powers), a cheap strumpet loungeSee more details below

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John Auer directed and Steve Fisher wrote this police procedural film in the vein of the popular Detective Story of two years earlier. The film juggles around four characters through a particularly bad night in a Chicago precinct -- Johnny Kelly (Gig Young), a stressed out cop ready to crack; Sally "Angel Face" Connors (Mala Powers), a cheap strumpet lounge singer; Hayes Stewart (William Talman), a former magician and present thug; Penrod Biddel (Edward Arnold), a smooth and corrupt district attorney; and Sgt. Joe (Chill Wills), an Everyman character, known as "The Voice of Chicago." The skimpy plot concerns Kelly, who is having an affair with Angel Face and is ready to quit his job and leave his wife Kathy (Paula Raymond) at the drop of a hat. In order to get quick money to escape Chicago and start life anew with Angel Face, Kelly accepts an assignment and a payment from Biddel to escort low-life Stewart across the state line.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
City That Never Sleeps is an uneven crime drama, one that contains some enough good elements that it's frustrating the film as a whole is not better. The chief culprit is, as so often, the screenplay, which starts out promisingly. Gig Young's character seems to be one that is fairly complex, a cop who is dissatisfied with his lot in life and could fall prey to temptation. Unfortunately, the character is not developed sufficiently beyond that, which is also the case with the Wally Cassell "mechanical man" character; he, too, shows promise that goes unfulfilled, although the sheer strangeness of his job does fascinate. The dialogue is also problematic, coming across too often as either artificial or bland, and the plot eventually becomes overly busy without achieving an appropriate depth. John H. Auer's direction is also uneven, but when he hits, he really hits hard; the scene involving the tear on Cassell's face is magical, and the climactic chase sequence is spectacular. Auer is enormously helped by John L. Russell's electric cinematography, an orgy of high contrasts and deep focuses that is stunning. Young is only so-so in the leading role, and Chill Wills is frequently annoying, but Cassell and William Talman are stand-outs. All in all, City That Never Sleeps is a hit-or-miss affair, but worth catching for its high points.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2013
UPC:
0887090060707
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
22,708

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gig Young Johnny Kelly
Mala Powers Sally Connors "Angel Face"
William Talman Hayes Stewart
Edward Arnold Penrod Biddel
Chill Wills Sgt. Joe, the Voice of Chicago
Marie Windsor Lydia Biddel
Paula Raymond Kathy Kelly
Otto Hulett Sgt. John Kelly, Sr.
Wally Cassell Gregg Warren
James Andelin Lt. Parker
Tom Poston Detective
Philip L. Boddy Maitre d'Hotel
Bunny Kocher Agnes
Ron Hagerthy Stubby
Emmett Vogan Doctor
Tom Irish Bellboy
Walter Woolf King Hotel Manager
Helen Gibson Woman
Gil Herman Patrolman
Clark Howat Patrolman

Technical Credits
John H. Auer Director,Producer
Fred Allen Editor
R. Dale Butts Score Composer
Steve Fisher Screenwriter
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Bob Mark Makeup
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
John L. Russell Cinematographer
James Sullivan Art Director
Charles Thompson Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- City That Never Sleeps
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [11:31]
3. Chapter 3 [11:55]
4. Chapter 4 [6:48]
5. Chapter 5 [11:25]
6. Chapter 6 [11:31]
7. Chapter 7 [15:12]
8. Chapter 8 [7:13]
9. Chapter 9 [15:08]

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