Dark City (1950)

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Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.



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Danny Haley's bookie operation is shut down, so he and his pals need money; when Danny meets Arthur Winant, a sucker from out of town, he decoys him into a series of poker games where eventually Winant loses $5000 that isn't his...then hangs himself. But it seems Winant had a shadowy, protective elder brother who believes in personal revenge. And each of the card players in turn feels a faceless doom inexorably closing in. Dark streets and sexy torch-singer Fran lend ambience. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

17 October 1950 (USA)  »

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La main qui venge  »

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Although done in medium long shot, it's obvious the man in the car is not Heston, but a stunt double. See more »


Danny Haley: Are we under arrest?
Capt. Garvey: No,no, guys like you seldom get arrested. You get killed first.
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Music by Harold Spina
Lyrics by Jack Elliott
Performed by Lizabeth Scott (dubbed by Trudy Stevens)
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Enticing, original thriller
11 March 2000 | by (Mamaroneck, New York) – See all my reviews

Charlton Heston is wonderful as a gambler with a conscience who plays a fixed game of poker with his war buddy and in turn is accused of the murder in which the companion actually committed suicide. The supporting cast is equally great in this stereotypical 1950s film noir. Far from Heston's best, but still an very above-average film debut.

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