City That Never Sleeps (1953)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  12 June 1953 (USA)
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Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally 'Angel Face' Connors
Hayes Stewart
Penrod Biddel
Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago'
Lydia Biddel
Paula Raymond ...
Kathy Kelly
Sgt. John 'Pop' Kelly Sr.
Wally Cassell ...
Gregg Warren
Ron Hagerthy ...
Stubby Kelly
James Andelin ...
Lt. Parker
Detective (as Thomas Poston)
Bunny Kacher ...
Agnes DuBois
Philip L. Boddy ...
Maitre d'Hotel
Thomas Jones ...
Fancy Dan


Chicago cop Johnny Kelly, dissatisfied with his job and marriage, would like to run away with his stripper girlfriend Angel Face, but keeps getting cold feet. During one crowded night, Angel Face decides she's had enough vacillation, and crooked lawyer Biddel has an illegal mission for Johnny that could put him in a financial position to act. But other, conflicting schemes are also in progress... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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...from the Honky Tonks to the penthouses...the creeps, the hoods, the killers come out to war with the city!


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Release Date:

12 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicago - 12 Uhr Mitternacht  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago': So, you're leaving the police and your wife?
Johnny Kelly: Yeah, starting from scratch.
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Martin Scorsese's Personal Copy!
10 February 2007 | by (Concord, California United States) – See all my reviews

This was a great movie!

Beautiful shadowed images lingering on the screen. I saw this gem at the '06 San Francisco Film Noir Festival #4.

The movie was slow early on but when it finally got going it led to an exciting climax. Interestingly narrated is all I'll say about this story. It's a great and sordid tale from a night in the urban jungle. Don't miss this if you get the opportunity.

This tight little drama is about a cop ~ Gig Young ~ who gets tempted to dabble in the web of corruption and vice. With Marie WIndsor, Chill Wills, William Tallman, and a few other familiar character actors of the day.

And, yes this movie was loaned to the festival by Martin Scorsese. It was his personal 35mm print.

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