Dark City

Dark City

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Director: William Dieterle

Cast: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors

     
 

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Though he had previously appeared in David Bradley's film adaptation of Julius Caesar, Dark City marked Charlton Heston's first role in a major Hollywood production. Danny (Heston) and his pals Augie (Jack Webb), Soldier (Henry Morgan), and Barney (Ed Begley Sr.) set up a poker game to take Arthur Winant (Don DeFore) for all his money, but after the factSee more details below

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Though he had previously appeared in David Bradley's film adaptation of Julius Caesar, Dark City marked Charlton Heston's first role in a major Hollywood production. Danny (Heston) and his pals Augie (Jack Webb), Soldier (Henry Morgan), and Barney (Ed Begley Sr.) set up a poker game to take Arthur Winant (Don DeFore) for all his money, but after the fact they discover that the money he lost wasn't really his and, in desperation, Arthur killed himself. Arthur's brother Sidney (Mike Mazurki), a large man not known for his emotional stability, becomes enraged when he learns the facts about Arthur's death, and he vows to kill the men responsible. When his friends start dropping like flies, Danny hides out with his girlfriend, nightclub singer Fran Garland (Lizabeth Scott), and pays a visit to Arthur's widow Victoria (Viveca Lindfors) in hopes of finding out who the killer might be. Jack Webb and Henry Morgan later reformed after their first appearance together as criminals when they co-starred in the TV show Dragnet.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
This is indeed a dark film about two-bit crooks on society's fringes. Charlton Heston is excellent in the lead role, playing a fellow who walks the line between evil and not-so-bad. Everyone, especially the female characters in the film and the police captain (Jay Morley), seems to think Danny Haley (Heston) isn't living up to his potential. Poor Lizabeth Scott can't do much with her role as Danny's neglected girlfriend, Fran Garland, but she shines in her scenes singing in a nightclub. Danny's relationship with the widow, Victoria Winant (Viveca Lindfors), of the man he helped push toward suicide, is definitely on the dark side. With a tough noir script filled with plenty of one-liners (Morley and Heston get most of the best lines), Dark City is a great little film worth scouring video stores for.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
UPC:
0887090025904
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
12,984

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Danny Haley
Lizabeth Scott Fran Garland
Viveca Lindfors Victoria Winant
Dean Jagger Capt. Garvey
Don DeFore Arthur Winant
Jack Webb Augie
Ed Begley Barney
Henry Morgan Soldier
Walter Sande Swede
Mike Mazurki Sidney Winant
Mike Pat Donovan Sergeant
Mark Kenning Billy Winant
Stanley Prager Sammy
Billy Sheehan Gambler
Walter Burke Bartender
Fred Aldrich Civilian detective
John Bishop Fielding
Robin Camp Boy
William J. Cartledge Bellhop
Sally Corner Woman
Byron Foulger Motel Manager
Greta Granstedt Margie
Stan Johnson Room clerk
Mike Mahoney Cashier
Jay Morley Capt. MacDonald
Ralph Peters Proprietor
Dewey Robinson Gambler
Franz Roehn Photographer
Jeffrey Sayre Gambler
Otto Waldis Benowski
James Dundee Detective

Technical Credits
William Dieterle Director
Franz Bachelin Art Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ketti Frings Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Warren Low Editor
John M. Lucas Screenwriter
Lawrence B. Marcus Screenwriter
Don McKay Sound/Sound Designer
Richard McWhorter Asst. Director
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dark City
1. Opening [11:26]
2. Torch Song [11:40]
3. The Hustle [12:31]
4. Police Office [13:42]
5. Stakeout [8:56]
6. Los Angeles [19:35]
7. Sin City [13:09]
8. Stalked [6:53]

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