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

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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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12 June 1953 (USA)  »

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Chicago - 12 Uhr Mitternacht  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Penrod Biddel: I tried my best to help you the same as I helped others in the past. You, Lydia, the first time I saw you...
Lydia Biddel: [Interrupting] I was selling coffee and hamburgers behind a counter in a railroad station.
Penrod Biddel: Yes, I had an hour to kill.
Lydia Biddel: [Bitterly] And you used it to murder years of my life.
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Not Sleepy
20 February 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I can't wait to see the DVD release of this film with the features and commentary because it is one of those rare Noir films that stay with you. Not so much for the average domestic problems that Gig Young's character displays but more for his relationship with Mala Powers and their great quotable lines:

Sally "Angel Face" Connors, dressed in a stripper's costume to Johnny Kelly- "Come here." Kelly's reply: "I've been there."

And Angel Face's great speech explaining her disillusionment: "I'm sick of this town. I'm with you Johnny. When I first came to this town I was gonna be... oh there were a lotta things I was gonna be- become famous. But Chicago's the big melting pot, and I got melted but good".

And there are also the throw-away lines in the bar: Waitress to Bartender: "Two Old Fashions- no ice, no water, no sugar, no grenadine".

"City That Never Sleeps" has a light step and has so many quirky little characters that you might wonder who the story is about. The film does focus on certain characters to make its point, is sometimes great to look at for its night-lit location photography and has some nice noir humor.

Gig Young has the unflappable charm and bon vivant attitude that almost gets in the way of his disillusioned cop Johnny Kelly. Kelly is the ultimate Everyman who has become a cop because his father wanted him to, and whose wife unwittingly emasculates him because she earns more money that he.

All in all, "City That Never Sleeps" is worth catching for its noir look and some good performances.


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