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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 & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
No stars and perfect casting make this a masterpiece See more (116 total) »

Cast

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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)
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)

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 (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 (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 ... Policeman (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)
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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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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 | 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)

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Trivia:
First credited feature film role for Brad Dexter where he was actually credited as Brad Dexter. In two previous credited roles, he was credited as Barry Mitchell, but for this film, director John Huston convinced him to change his professional name to Brad Dexter for this film, and he decided to keep the name going forward.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The safe the gang robs has an electronic-eye-alarm along the wall which must be avoided or else the alarm would sound off. Everyone avoids this alarm in the scene except for Dix, who is clearly standing in its way when the gang converses whether they should stay to finish the job or leave prematurely.See more »
Quotes:
Angela Phinlay:What's the big idea standing there staring at me, Uncle Lon?
Alonzo D. Emmerich:Don't call me "Uncle Lon."
Angela Phinlay:I thought you liked it.
Alonzo D. Emmerich:Maybe I did... I don't any more.
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31 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
No stars and perfect casting make this a masterpiece, 2 December 2003
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

I suppose the only reason why this movie can be purchased on video (not on DVD though, it seems) is the fact that Marilyn Monroe plays a part in it. If I am right, this shows how much the movie industry has to rely on big names. Sometimes this is a real shame. No movie proves this better than Asphalt Jungle.

This caper movie is one of my all time favorites and frankly the best of its genre. Its brilliance lies for me in the fact that no big name of the Hollywood acting community was involved – Monroe was small fries then. Instead John Huston worked with a cast of reliable, mostly very experienced character actors many people will know as "supports" from numerous other movies of the period. And many of those actors probably gave here the best performances of their lives. Everybody is cast dead right, this is what is so magnificent about Asphalt Jungle. The balance is perfect, the chemistry works all ways. Maybe just one miscast actor or actress would have spoiled the whole atmosphere. No one is overacting at any time, and there are many, many very moving moments as one can observe these characters struggling on the sidelines of urban society.

One is always tempted to name an actress or an actor whose performance one liked best in a movie. Here, I could not do it – I liked them all. Yet I want to mention one actor: Louis Calhern. Seldom has a sudden change of mood and countenance in a character had such an impact on me as a viewer.

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