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Director:
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 »
User Reviews:
Deserving of MUCH more acknowledgment, one of the best Noir films. See more (68 total) »

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)
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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 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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jules Dassin has stated that he did not read the novel "Night and the City" until after the film was completed.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Phil Nosseross, Silver Fox Club:You don't know what you're getting into.
Helen Nosseross:I know what I'm getting out of.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
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38 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Deserving of MUCH more acknowledgment, one of the best Noir films., 2 March 2005
Author: Ham_and_Egger from Indianapolis, Indiana

For some reason Night and the City doesn't seem to the credit it deserves; possibly because it was director Jules Dassin's last American film before being blacklisted as a Communist. I wasn't born until the Cold War was winding down, but it seems that with movies like Night and the City to his credit, we could have turned a blind eye even if he really was a Commie.

Honestly this film deserves to rank up there with the likes of The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, or Out of the Past. The scenes of our "hero" Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark, at his best) being chased through London's East End are as starkly beautiful as anything you'll ever see on film. For several minutes there isn't a single shade of gray, everything is literally black or white and the camera itself seems to have joined in hunting Harry. Then there's the long, semi-grotesque wrestling scene that took me totally by surprise, it's like something out of Fellini.

Widmark is utterly believable as Fabian, a charming two-bit grifter who works as a "club tout" but hatches one ill-fated get-rich-quick scheme after another. The rest of the cast is excellent as well, there isn't a cardboard character in the bunch, except maybe Harry's girl Marry (Gene Tierney) though its really more a flaw in the character than the actress. Mary's saintliness may be the writers' only slip-up though, every other character has the sort of depth that makes the film a joy to watch. They inexorably follow their own motivations, which, of course, rely on those of someone else, who inevitably has a goal of his or her own, which will eventually derail the plan of someone whom someone else is counting on (actually, the film is a little less twisted than this review ;-) Criterion has just (2/05) recently released Night and the City and never has the phrase "filmed in glorious black and white" been more appropriate. Before this film seemed to lurk in the shadows of AMC or TCM, only occasionally showing its face, as if it were one of the genre's minor works. Now, if you haven't seen it you have no excuse, and you're only hurting yourself.

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