While the City Sleeps (1956)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  30 May 1956 (USA)
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A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York, and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the 1st administrator who can get the earliest scoops on the case.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Kyne
Mark Loving
Jon Day Griffith
Walter Kyne
Robert Manners (as John Barrymore Jr.)
'Honest' Harry Kritzer
Mildred Donner
Robert Warwick ...
Amos Kyne
Mrs. Manners
Ralph Peters ...
Gerald Meade
Sandra White ...
Judith Felton (as Sandy White)
Larry J. Blake ...
Tim - Police Desk Sergeant (as Larry Blake)


Death of media magnat Amos Kyne is causing power struggle between his executives. In the meantime New York women become prey of a serial killer. Reporter Edward Mobley is in that circumstances faced with almost impossible missions: to catch the killer, to prevent the media empire from falling into the wrong hands and to save his romantic relationship from break-up. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Release Date:

30 May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

News Is Made at Night  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sequence depicting the New York subway was actually filmed in the Los Angeles subway. See more »


There appears to be a knob for a inside-only bolt lock on Judith's door - above the main doorknob push-button lock, but there is no corresponding throw or plate on the edge of the door. See more »


Ed Mobely: But I didn't do anything!
Lt. Burt Kaufman: You think if you're drunk, it doesn't count, huh?
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1988) See more »

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An interesting film
10 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't think that While the City Sleeps is among Fritz Lang's best, like M or Metropolis. However, despite a rather tepid final chase sequence and Rhonda Fleming coming across as rather bland, it is an interesting film. It looks good, with the cinematography excellent even in the final chase, and the score has some hauntingly atmospheric themes. The dialogue is arch and sharp, with a cynical yet involving tone, and the story even in the more talky moments, and there are many of those, is compelling with some tension. Lang's direction is accomplished as are the cast. Dana Andrews is solid in the lead, while Ida Lupino oozes sex appeal and Vincent Price is wonderfully snide and unprincipled. George Sanders brings an oily if not exactly subtle nature to his role, Thomas Mitchell is again memorable and there is also a menacing performance from John Barrymore. Overall, a solid and interesting film, though not the best work that everybody here has done. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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