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Writers:
Jo Eisinger (screenplay)
Gerald Kersh (novel)
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Release Date:
April 1950 (UK) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Widmark ... Harry Fabian

Gene Tierney ... Mary Bristol

Googie Withers ... Helen Nosseross

Hugh Marlowe ... Adam Dunn
Francis L. Sullivan ... Philip Nosseross

Herbert Lom ... Kristo
Stanislaus Zbyszko ... Gregorius

Mike Mazurki ... The Strangler
Charles Farrell ... Mickey Beer
Ada Reeve ... Molly the Flower Lady
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)

Derek Blomfield ... Young Policeman (uncredited)
Clifford Buckton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ernest Butcher ... Street Musician Bert (uncredited)
Peter Butterworth ... Thug (uncredited)
Edward Chapman ... Hoskins (uncredited)
Clifford Cobbe ... Policeman (uncredited)
Patricia Davidson ... Night Club Hostess (uncredited)
Maureen Delaney ... Anna O'Leary (Blackmarket) (uncredited)
Aubrey Dexter ... Fergus Chilk, Kristo's Lawyer (uncredited)
Stanley Escane ... Man (uncredited)
Thomas Gallagher ... Bagrag a Bar Owner (uncredited)
Rex Garner ... Waiter (uncredited)
James Hayter ... Figler, King of the Beggars (uncredited)
George Hirste ... Beggar (uncredited)
Hamilton Keene ... Charles, American Bar Bartender (uncredited)
Kay Kendall ... One of Helen's Girls (uncredited)
Hubert Leslie ... Nightwatchman (uncredited)
Arthur Lovegrove ... Thug (uncredited)
Walter Magnee ... A second (uncredited)
John Mann ... Beggar (uncredited)
Lew Marco ... Referee (uncredited)
Gibb McLaughlin ... Googin the Forger (uncredited)
MacDonald Parke ... American from Chicago (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Watchman (uncredited)
Chunky Pattison ... Dwarf (uncredited)
Frank Pettitt ... Cabby (uncredited)
Philip Ray ... Man (uncredited)
Eddy Reed ... American from Chicago (uncredited)
John Rudling ... Man (uncredited)
Johnnie Schofield ... Cashier (uncredited)
Betty Shale ... Mrs. Pinkney (uncredited)
John Sharp ... Man (uncredited)
Leonard Sharp ... Beggar (uncredited)
Ray St. Bernard ... Strangler's Opponent (uncredited)
Tony Sympson ... Cozen (uncredited)
Alan Tilvern ... Beggar (uncredited)
C. Denier Warren ... Small American from Chicago (uncredited)
Freddie Watts ... Man (uncredited)
Brian Weske ... Messenger Boy (uncredited)
Russell Westwood ... Yosh, Kristo's Goon (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules Dassin 
 
Writing credits
Jo Eisinger (screenplay)

Gerald Kersh (novel)

Austin Dempster  contributing writer (uncredited)
William E. Watts  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel G. Engel .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel (British version)
Franz Waxman (American version)
 
Cinematography by
Mutz Greenbaum (director of photography) (as Max Greene)
 
Film Editing by
Nick DeMaggio  (as Nick De Maggio)
Sidney Stone 
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
C.P. Norman 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
E. Attwright .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
David Aylott .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Iris Tilley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Percy Hermes .... unit manager (uncredited)
Ronald Kinnoch .... production manager (uncredited)
Bert Pearl .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack N. Green .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Tony Hearne .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Douglas Hermes .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Percy Hermes .... assistant director (uncredited)
George Mills .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Street .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
George Beech .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Ted Clements .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Mullins .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Murton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Handford .... sound recordist
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound recordist (as Roger Heman)
Hugh Strain .... sound assistant (uncredited)
John Streeter .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Kevin Sutton .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Charles Van der Goor .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hal Britten .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
V. Butler .... second grip (uncredited)
Austin Dempster .... camera operator (uncredited)
Eddie Earp .... clapper loader: second unit (uncredited)
Arthur Evans .... still photographer (uncredited)
Godfrey A. Godar .... focus puller (uncredited)
Jo Jago .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Walter Lassally .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
David Oxenham .... clapper loader (uncredited)
A. Southall .... second grip (uncredited)
Joe Vincent .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
John Jones .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oleg Cassini .... costumes: Miss Tierney
Margaret Furse .... costumes: Miss Withers
Ivy Baker .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Evelyn Gibbs .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director: UK version
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator: USA version (as Edward Powell)
Maudie Edwards .... singing voice: Gene Tierney (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator: Waxman (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge .... orchestrator: Waxman (uncredited)
Eric Rogers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arthur Alligan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ernest Betts .... publicist (uncredited)
R.E. Dearing .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Robert E. Dearing .... personal assistant to producer (uncredited)
Fred Fox .... personal assistant to producer (uncredited)
Élise Girard .... press attache France 2005 re-release (uncredited)
Noreen Hipwell .... production secretary (uncredited)
Walter Magnee .... wrestling trainer/adviser (uncredited)
Mike Mazurki .... technical adviser: wrestling (uncredited)
Mike Mazurki .... technical advisor: wrestling (uncredited)
Peggy McClafferty .... continuity (uncredited)
Hazel Swift .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Mickey Wood .... technical advisor: wrestling (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

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Runtime:
101 min | USA:96 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1965) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1950) | France:U | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | UK:PG (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #14096) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Finnish censorship visa # 32043 delivered on 19-9-1950 (banned). New decision on 9-4-1965 (K-16).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Philip is meeting with Harry, and holding Kristo's business card, during a medium shot, Philip is holding the card with one hand, then in an immediately following close-up shot, he is holding the card with two hands, then in the immediately following medium shot, he is again holding it in one hand again.See more »
Quotes:
Harry Fabian:[to Figler] How much are you sellin' me for?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Savages (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Always Loser, 31 December 2007
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In London, the swindler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) is an ambitious loser, frequently taking money from his girlfriend Mary Bristol (Gene Tierney). When he meets the famous Greco-Roman wrestler Gregorius the Great (Stanislaus Zbyszko) in the arena of his son and the wrestling lord Kristo (Herbert Lorn), he plans a scheme to become successful. He cheats Greorious, promising clean combats in his own arena, and the old man accepts the partnership. However, without money to promote the fight, he invites his boss and owner of a nightclub Phil Nosseross (Francis L. Sullivan) to be his partner, but is betrayed and his business fails ending in a tragedy.

"Night and the City" is a great film-noir, with many twists and another excellent performance of Richard Widmark. The story shows the underworld of London, with low-lives, hustlers, beggars, gamblers and other amoral characters through a magnificent black and white cinematography. The direction of Jules Dassin is sharp and the screenplay perfectly develops the characters and the story in an excellent pace. The Brazilian distributor Oregon Filmes / Fox has one of the best collections of movies labeled "Tesouros da Sétima Arte" ("Treasures of the Seventh Art"). Unfortunately, most of their DVDs shamefully have problems while playing the film, maybe because of the lack of quality of the laboratory they use. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Sombras do Mal" ("Shadows of Evil")

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