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Director:
Writers:
Ben Maddow (screen play) and
John Huston (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
23 May 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The City Under the City
Plot:
A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Very Human Hooligan See more (118 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sterling Hayden ... Dix Handley

Louis Calhern ... Alonzo D. Emmerich

Jean Hagen ... Doll Conovan

James Whitmore ... Gus Minissi

Sam Jaffe ... Doc Erwin Riedenschneider

John McIntire ... Police Commissioner Hardy

Marc Lawrence ... Cobby
Barry Kelley ... Lt. Ditrich

Anthony Caruso ... Louis Ciavelli
Teresa Celli ... Maria Ciavelli

Marilyn Monroe ... Angela Phinlay
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Timmons (as William Davis)
Dorothy Tree ... May Emmerich

Brad Dexter ... Bob Brannom
John Maxwell ... Dr. Swanson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mary Anderson ... Police Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
Ray Bennett ... Detective in Hardy's Office (uncredited)
David Bond ... Father Sortine (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Man at Line-Up (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Harry G. Butcher ... Police Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)

Frank Cady ... Night Clerk (uncredited)
Jean Carter ... Woman (uncredited)
Mack Chandler ... Gambler (uncredited)

David Clarke ... Mr. Atkinson - Railroad Man (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Policeman (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Gambler (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Reporter (uncredited)

Henry Corden ... Karl Anton Smith (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... Red - Boy in Diner (uncredited)
John Crawford ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gene Evans ... Policeman at Ciavelli's Apartment (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Policeman (uncredited)
Alex Gerry ... Maxwell (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Policeman (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
William Haade ... Bill - Cop Outside Diner (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Det. Andrews (uncredited)
Eloise Hardt ... Vivian (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... James X. Connery (uncredited)
Wesley Hopper ... Policeman (uncredited)
George Lynn ... Detective at Ciavelli's Apartment (uncredited)
Ethel Lyons ... Police Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
Fred Marlow ... Reporter (uncredited)

Strother Martin ... William Doldy (uncredited)
Patricia Miller ... Girl (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Secretary (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Counterman (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Eddie Donato (uncredited)
Kerry O'Day ... Girl (uncredited)
Raymond Roe ... Tallboy (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Frank Schurz - Doc's Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... Jack - Police Clerk (uncredited)
James Seay ... Officer Janocek (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Gambler (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ... Gambler (uncredited)
J.J. Smith ... Police Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
Joseph Darr Smith ... Reporter (uncredited)
Helene Stanley ... Jeannie - Girl in Diner (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Policeman (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Cop in Car Barn Slugged by Dix (uncredited)
Leah Wakefield ... Girl (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Reporter (uncredited)

Jack Warden ... Bit Role (uncredited)
William Washington ... Suspect (uncredited)
Constance Weiler ... Woman (uncredited)
Judith Wood ... Woman (uncredited)
Victor Wood ... Evans (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Man (uncredited)
Jeff York ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
Ben Maddow (screen play) and
John Huston (screen play)

W.R. Burnett (from a novel by)

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa (music by) (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Boemler (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Elaine Ramsey .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lee Katz .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Greenwood .... assistant director (uncredited)
Frank E. Myers .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack D. Moore .... associate set decorator
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Robert B. Lee .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Isbell .... grip (uncredited)
P.R. Keeler .... gaffer (uncredited)
S.C. Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Martin .... camera operator (uncredited)
Andrew J. McIntyre .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Banse .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Leslie H. Martinson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Asphalt Jungle (The City Under the City)" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
112 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Hungary:14 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | UK:PG (video rating) (1992) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14357) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A publicity photo for the film showed Dix between Doll and Angela, who desperately tries to get him to turn away from Doll. Angela and Dix never meet in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Mr. Ciavelli was inside of a long narrow tunnel. He chisels through the thin brick wall of the tunnel and goes inside of a room, and along that same wall is a door leading upstairs. On the other side of the wall, there was no evidence of a door.See more »
Quotes:
Alonzo D. Emmerich:Shut up.
Bob Brannom:How's that? No one tells me to shut up.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scorsese on Scorsese (2004) (TV)See more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Very Human Hooligan, 22 November 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It took over 40 years until Goodfellas was made to make a film interesting and realistic about criminals as The Asphalt Jungle. The power in the characters that John Huston brings to life is so vivid and you root for them, yet you never forget they are criminals.

Sam Jaffe, a cool and calculating planner, brings a scheme to big time lawyer Louis Calhern about a jewel robbery. Calhern is a criminal attorney who really does work both sides of the fence. But he's also got some high living expenses and a young mistress in the shape of Marilyn Monroe in the first film that got her notice.

Jaffe needs three to help pull off the job, a safe cracker, a driver, and a strong arm guy, a 'hooligan' as he calls it. Calhern provides them in the persons of Anthony Caruso, James Whitmore, and Sterling Hayden.

You wouldn't think it, but Jaffe and Hayden bond in this. The educated criminal mastermind and a man who might not have finished grade school. Jaffe sees in Hayden a reliable sort.

Sterling Hayden did not think too much of most of the action/adventure stuff he did, but he liked The Asphalt Jungle as well he should. He's a country kid, his nickname is 'Dix' short for Dixie. His family owned a farm and bad luck hit them as it did so many in The Great Depression. Hayden turns to criminal enterprise because his skills for making an honest living are limited. His biggest accomplishment is having a B girl from a clip joint fall hard for him in the person of Jean Hagen. Both of their characterizations ring well and true, dare I say it, sterling performances.

Of course after the job is done, fallible and corrupt human beings like bookmaker Marc Lawrence, corrupt police lieutenant Barry Kelley, strong arm man Brad Dexter, and Calhern himself bring the whole thing crashing down.

One of the reasons you root so hard for the criminals to succeed is the magnificent and unheralded performance of John McIntire as the police commissioner. Imagine if Charles Laughton as Inspector Javert, had not gotten so tangled up in searching for Jean Valjean and rose to become the head of the Surete in France. You've got McIntire. I don't think any honest cop has been made so unpleasant on the screen before or since. At one point he's telling the press that he'll get Hayden and Hayden is a callous brute. The most callous person in the cast is McIntire and we go through 112 minutes of The Asphalt Jungle and know how very human Sterling Hayden is.

Sam Jaffe got an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but lost to George Sanders in All About Eve. The film itself got three other nominations including for Huston as Best Director. It had the bad luck to run up against another classic film in All About Eve, in it's own way as cynical a film as The Asphalt Jungle.

John Huston took a cast and got perfect performances out of the lot of them and The Asphalt Jungle holds up every bit over fifty years later. Should really be seen beside Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas to get a full appreciation for today's generation.

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