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Night and the City
     

Night and the City

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Director: Jules Dassin

Cast: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers

 

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Jules Dassin's Night and the City opens with cheap grifter Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) running for his life through the streets of London. Harry wants to be big-time, and he does not care how he raises cash for his schemes. Like a junkie, he uses and steals from his girlfriend Mary (Gene Tierney), a singer at the Silver Fox, a seedy nightclub owned by the

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Jules Dassin's Night and the City opens with cheap grifter Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) running for his life through the streets of London. Harry wants to be big-time, and he does not care how he raises cash for his schemes. Like a junkie, he uses and steals from his girlfriend Mary (Gene Tierney), a singer at the Silver Fox, a seedy nightclub owned by the physically grotesque Phil Nosseross Francis L. Sullivan. Harry, who also works for Phil steering unsuspecting customers to the club, comes up with a plan to wrest control of professional wrestling from promoter and underworld kingpin Kristo (Herbert Lom) by manipulating Kristo through his father, retired wrestling great Gregorius (Stanislaus Zbyszko). For financial backing, Harry turns to Phil and Phil's wife Helen Googie Withers, both of whom give him the money, but only to further their own ends. When Gregorius is accidentally killed by his protege's upcoming opponent, Strangler (Mike Mazurki), and Phil realizes that Helen is leaving him for Harry, the scheme quickly unravels. Truly a glimpse of hell, Night and the City's distorted visuals and dark symbolism depict an underworld from which there is no escape and in which redemption comes at a very high price.

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Night and the City is a grim, film noir adaptation of Gerald Kersh's similarly grim source novel. Director Jules Dassin, forced to leave Hollywood because of the 1950s blacklist, effectively uses his London setting to create an urban nightmare. The film is dominated by its downbeat ambience and the moral ambiguity of its characters. There is a protagonist, but he is neither a hero nor an anti-hero. As might have been expected, the film did poorly in its initial US theatrical release. The performances are consistently strong, particularly the lead performance of Richard Widmark. While never greatly popular with audiences, Night and the City presages such intense urban films as Taxi Driver and Seven; the star of the former, Robert De Niro, also starred in a subsequent remake of Night and the City.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2015
UPC:
0715515153515
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
31,153

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Harry Fabian
Gene Tierney Mary Bristol
Googie Withers Helen Nosseross
Hugh Marlowe Adam Dunn
Francis L. Sullivan Phil Nosseross
Herbert Lom Kristo
Stanislaus Zbyszko Gregorius
Mike Mazurki Strangler
Charles Farrell Beer
Ada Reeve Molly
Ken Richmond Nikolas
Derek Blomfield Actor
Edward Chapman Actor
Aubrey Dexter Actor
Kay Kendall Actor
Gibb McLaughlin Actor
Russell Westwood Yosh
Eliot Makeham Pinkney
Betty Shale Mrs. Pinkney
James Hayter Figler
Maureen Delaney Anna Siberia
Thomas Gallagher Bagrag

Technical Credits
Jules Dassin Director
Oleg Cassini Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick De Maggio Editor
Joe Eisinger Screenwriter
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Mutz Greenbaum Cinematographer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
C.P. Norman Art Director
Sid Stone Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer

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Night and the City 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast-moving plot and an amazing performance by Richard Widmark, I would highly recommend it