Night and the City (1950)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery  |  April 1950 (UK)
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A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.



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Complete credited cast:
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Stanislaus Zbyszko ...
Charles Farrell ...
Ada Reeve ...
Ken Richmond ...
Nikolas of Athens (as Ken. Richmond)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adelaide Hall ...
Singer (scenes deleted)
Eliot Makeham ...
Pinkney (scenes deleted)
Betty Marsden ...
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)


Harry Fabian is a London hustler with ambitious plans that never work out. One day, when he encounters the most famous Greco-Roman wrestler in the world, Gregorius, at a London wrestling arena run by his son Kristo, he dreams up a scheme that he thinks will finally be his ticket to financial independence. As Fabian attempts to con everyone around him to get his scheme to work, he of course only ends up conning himself. This is an interesting tale of blind ambition, self-deception, broken dreams, and how a man who always thinks he's ahead of the game ends up tripping himself very badly. Written by Alan Katz <>

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Release Date:

April 1950 (UK)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one of Harry's trips the London at night, a theatre advertises the play, 'The Third Visitor'. This play would be made into a film in 1951. See more »


As Harry is being chased through the streets of London at night, he runs down a set of stairs, then turns and runs down a lit street. In the foreground the cameraman and director's shadows are clearly outlined against the street. See more »


Opening voice-over: Night and the city. The night is tonight, tomorrow night... or any night. The city is London.
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References Escape Me Never (1947) See more »


There's Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes
Music by Joseph H. Santly
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An Unknown Materpiece!
15 February 1999 | by (Falls Church, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This Jules Dassin film noir is really BLACK, and the casting and

acting are superb, as is the ambience (which the 1992 remake

doesn't have.) Widmark gives one of his best performances as

the anxious Fabian, and Googie Withers is terrifically

believable (and sexy) as the desperately unsatisfied wife of

nightclub-owner Sullivan. The movie has a real SLEAZINESS that

reflects the depressing post-WWII atmosphere of London -- this

is the story's reason for being -- these folks want OUT, and we

can fully understand why. "Night and the City" was apparently

another victim of Hollywood's shameful "non- marketing" of

really fine 40s and 50s British films -- co-produced by American

studios -- but dropped into U.S. theatres with no visible

promotion of either stars or stories because they weren't made

on U.

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