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Night People (1954)

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Post WWII yarn about a young GI abducted by the Soviets in West Berlin and hauled off to the East. His recovery gets complicated as Colonel Steve Van Dyke (Peck) tries to sort out the ... See full summary »

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Col. Steve Van Dyke
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Charles Leatherby
Anita Björk ...
'Hoffy' Hoffmeier
Rita Gam ...
Ricky Cates
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Maj. R.A. Foster, MD
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Sgt. Eddie McColloch
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Frederick S. Hobart (as Casey Adams)
Jill Esmond ...
Frau Schindler
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Sergei 'Petey' Petrochine
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Kathy Gerhardt
Ted Avery ...
Cpl. John Leatherby
Hugh McDermott ...
Maj. Burns
Paul Carpenter ...
Eddie Whitby
John Horsley ...
Lt. Col. Stanways
Lionel Murton ...
Norman Lakeland
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Post WWII yarn about a young GI abducted by the Soviets in West Berlin and hauled off to the East. His recovery gets complicated as Colonel Steve Van Dyke (Peck) tries to sort out the usefulness of informants, spies, bureaucrats, and the abductee's influential father (Crawford)! Written by Corey Hatch

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You have never really seen Gregory Peck until you see him in "Night People".


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14 May 1954 (Sweden)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes where Gregory Peck and Buddy Ebsen ride up & down on the "People dumb waiter" were not shot in Berlin, but Tin Frankfurt. Its located in the old IG Farben building that used to be the 5th Corps Headquarters. See more »

Goofs

When Corporal Leatherby kisses his girlfriend good night at the beginning of the film, he says, "Good night, Annie." Her name is Kathy. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Cinemascope "extension" music, added by composer Alfred Newman to his "20th Century-Fox Fanfare" especially for films made in Cinemascope, and used in most of them, is not used in this film. See more »


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Kiss
(uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Sung during the opening street scene
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" When a Game appears to end in a Tie, the thing to do is steal the ball "
22 December 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Back in 1954, this spy film appeared on the Silver Screen. When it did, it was not promoted as a spy thriller to audiences. However, this is was one of those particular movies called " Night People " which does produces a bigger bang than one expects. The story as written by Jed Harris and directed by Nunnally Johnson begins slowly and tells of a single United States soldier, Cpl. John Leatherby (Ted Avery) stationed in West Germany shortly after W.W. II. After his kidnapping, the Americans are notified. A noise which is heard in the state department and there after reaches the the parents of the young soldier, who happens to have some very powerful friends, one which takes his millionaire status and starts banging on Washington doors to get his son back. Back in Germany, the problem lands on the stoop of one, Col. Steve Van Dyke (Gregory Peck) who is ordered to resolve the issue. He is an experienced soldier, but is hindered by the boy's Father (Broderick Crawford) who tries to throw his weight around and ably assisted by Sgt. Eddie McColloch (Buddy Ebsen). Dealing with the other major powers controlling the Eastern section of the Berlin Wall, proves a difficult task, what with the rise of the Russians, Ex-Nazis, double agents and political victims all vining for his attention. What we expect as an audience members is a sleeper, instead this film lays the foundation of later Tom Clancy type spy thrillers and Gregory Peck does a notable job in his role. Without hesitation I would recommend this movie due to the participation of Broderick Crawford, Buddy Ebsen, Anita Björk and Marianne Koch, and all the rest of the cast who made this remarkable film a classic. ****


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