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Night and the City

  • Drama
  • 1950
  • Jules Dassin
  • 91 mins
  • A

Summary

A conman schemes to become a successful wrestling promoter, manipulating a retired fighter and a seedy nightclub owner to support his ambitions. However, his many deceptions start to backfire on him. Crime thriller, starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers and Herbert Lom.

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Review

Here's a really interesting crime drama, a genuine 20th Century-Fox film noir set and filmed entirely in London, with imported American stars and a British supporting cast. Surprisingly, it works, largely because of star Richard Widmark's brilliant, desperate portrayal of a hustler on the edge, and skilled director Jules Dassin's cleverly atmospheric use of London locations (don't try to follow in Widmark's steps - they're geographically impossible!) and expertly controlled pacing. The plot hangs on a wrestling fix, and is both adult and original. Especially impressive is the gross Francis L Sullivan as a sweaty nightclub owner, and familiar faces like Googie Withers and Herbert Lom add authenticity. The tone is beautifully sustained, and the excitement never lets up, as it does in the rather too languid 1992 Robert De Niro remake.

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Language
English
Guidance
Contains some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white

Credits

Cast

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Harry FabianRichard Widmark
Mary BristolGene Tierney
Helen NosserossGoogie Withers
Adam DunnHugh Marlowe
Phil NosserossFrancis L Sullivan
KristoHerbert Lom
GregoriusStanislaus Zbyszko
StranglerMike Mazurki
BeerCharles Farrell (2)
MollyAda Reeve
Harry FabianRichard Widmark
Mary BristolGene Tierney
Helen NosserossGoogie Withers
Adam DunnHugh Marlowe
Phil NosserossFrancis L Sullivan
GregoriusStanislaus Zbyszko
StranglerMike Mazurki
BeerCharles Farrell (2)
MollyAda Reeve

Crew

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DirectorJules Dassin
DirectorJules Dassin
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