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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:
John Huston defines the caper. See more (117 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 | 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)

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Trivia:
The poster showing Marilyn Monroe in a purple dress was created much later, after she became a household name. Marilyn Monroe was basically unknown when the film was made in 1950, and only has a very small role. She certainly wouldn't have been given top billing at the time. In fact, she wasn't named on the original posters at all.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:
Doc Riedenschneider:Let's not stop. Wait till we get out of town, when we can do everything at once. Have a little meal, beer, a cigar. Go in comfort.
Frank Schurz, taxi driver:I can see you're a man who likes his pleasures.
Doc Riedenschneider:Well, Franz, what else is there in life, I ask you?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scorsese on Scorsese (2004) (TV)See more »

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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
John Huston defines the caper., 23 September 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

John Huston, one of the great film makers of all times, was at the top of his craft when he undertook the direction of "The Asphalt Jungle". The book by W.R. Barnett was brilliantly adapted by Mr. Huston and Ben Maddox and the result stunned everyone. In fact, the film has been so influential one sees parts of it in other movies of the genre. The magnificent cinematography created by Harold Rosson speaks by itself. The music score by Miklos Rozsa stays in the background and never interferes with the action.

This is a film that looks as good today, as when it first was released. In fact, one discovers more nuances as one watches it again, when it's shown on cable. The cast of the film is one of its best assets going for "The Asphalt Jungle". Mr. Huston assembled some of the best talent working in the American cinema of that time.

Sterling Hayden, as Dix, gives a tremendous performance. The excellent Louis Calhern, though, steals the picture with his take on Lon Emmerich, the man who finds he is broke and wants to be at the center of the caper, without risking anything. Marilyn Monroe has only two scenes in the movie, but she shines in them. Also Jean Hagen, an actress that should have gone far, but didn't, makes a valuable contribution with her Doll Conovan.

The supporting cast is amazing. James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, Anthony Caruso, Brad Dexter, and the rest, play well together to give the film a seamless look.

"The Asphalt Jungle" shows why John Huston was one of the most influential men in pictures. His films are a must see for all movie lovers and studied by his successors and people working today owe a lot to this master, who pioneered a style that stands as his legacy.

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