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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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Hayes Stewart: I've stolen a lot of things in my life but never someone's wife.
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A Very Strange Cop Movie
18 May 2004 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

If you like your mysteries on the strange side, this movie is the one. I keep wondering how they filmed it without any people on the streets. Stock footage to bolster an obviously low budget helps somewhat, but this movie depicts Chicago in the middle of the night, and the only car on the street is the police car occupied by our hero. But this was 1953, so it was a different world at 3:00 a.m. There is a little of "The Asphalt Jungle" in this one--including the crooked lawyer, a pretty woman too evil for comfort, a safe to steal something from and the usual payment at the end. Then there is the twist -- the "ghost" influence -- who is in the middle of the evening's events, and who also narrates. Plus there's a guy portraying a store window mechanical man. Like I said, this is a strange one, but worth a curious look.

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