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Night People (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Mystery | 14 May 1954 (Sweden)
During the Cold War, an American soldier is abducted by Soviet agents in West Berlin, sparking a recovery effort led by Colonel Steve Van Dyke.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Col. Steve Van Dyke
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Charles Leatherby
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'Hoffy' Hoffmeier
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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)
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Frau Schindler
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Sergei 'Petey' Petrochine
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Kathy Gerhardt
Ted Avery ...
Cpl. John Leatherby
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Maj. Burns
Paul Carpenter ...
Eddie Whitby
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Lt. Col. Stanways
Lionel Murton ...
Norman Lakeland
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

The Cannibals  »

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Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Their uniforms indicate both Van Dyke and Eddie were combat veterans of World War II. Van Dyke served in Italy with the 5th Army and earned the 2nd highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross, plus a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Eddie fought with the 4th Infantry Division in France and won both the Silver Star and Bronze Star for valor. See more »

Quotes

Frederick S. Hobart: Nothing that ever happens here is isolated. They kidnap a 19 year old boy, your son and we cant tell yet whether its a local needle or another Korea.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Gregory Peck: An Actor's Craft (2017) See more »

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Zum Abschied reich'ich dir die Hände
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Music by Karl Bette
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good cast in cold war drama
9 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gregory Peck plays a U.S. Army Provost caught up in exchanging a married couple wanted by Russians for a captured American soldier in "Night People," set in post-war Berlin. By today's standards, this film is on the talky side, with not much action. Although the script was nominated for an Oscar, it's problematic - the denouement was much too simple, for one thing.

Broderick Crawford is the father of the captured soldier, and he does an excellent job. Rita Gam is Ricky, Peck's beautiful and feisty secretary. There are several TV faces as well: Buddy Ebsen, Walter Abel, and Max Showalter. Anita Bjork is "Hoffy," a woman who works for Peck yet may be playing both ends.

But the film is really Peck's, who does a fantastic job creating an interesting, tough, passionate, decisive, and funny character. He's instantly both likable and admirable.


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