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While the City Sleeps (1956)

 -  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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Dorothy Kyne
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Mark Loving
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Lt. Burt Kaufman
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Jon Day Griffith
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Walter Kyne
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Nancy Liggett
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Robert Manners (as John Barrymore Jr.)
James Craig ...
'Honest' Harry Kritzer
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Mildred Donner
Robert Warwick ...
Amos Kyne
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Mrs. Manners
Ralph Peters ...
Gerald Meade
Sandy White ...
Judith Felton
Larry J. Blake ...
Tim - Police Desk Sergeant (as Larry Blake)
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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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Although Howard Duff and Ida Lupino were married in real life, they have no scenes together. See more »

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When Barrymore Jr. is watching Andrews on TV, he is clutching a copy of "Tales From The Crypt". When he drops it to the floor, a close-up of the comic book now shows it to be titled "The Strangler". See more »

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This is Fritz Lang?????
19 June 2007 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

I have trouble equating this film with the other works of Fritz Lang. Did he do this on a bet that he could take a cast of good actors and make a boring movie? Well, he won the bet.

This is basically the story of inter-office politics in a large newspaper empire as the main protagonists vie for the job of Executive Director (I thought that the head honcho at a newspaper was the Editor). The catalyst is the infamous Lipstick Killer murders and all concerned are trying to beat the others to the punch by solving the case and thereby securing the sought after position. Not a bad premise but it just 'aint working here.

Dana Andrews plays a star reporter who drinks way too much (art imitating life) and plays around on his girlfriend. Vincent Price is the spoiled owner of the newspaper who is married to the two-timing Rhonda Fleming. George Sanders is his usual suave self.....and Thomas Mitchell is.....well, just Thomas Mitchell. Ida Lupino is a catty and not-so-nice columnist and her real life husband, Howard Duff, shows up as the police officer. And then there is John Drew Barrymore (famous son and father) as the killer. What a strange dude! It all sounds good, right? Wrong!! It drags, it gets a little bit silly and you really don't care who gets the stupid job anyway. And Lang said that this was one of his favorite films. He must have been in his dotage. There is no comparison here with his master works of earlier times.

It's not a complete waste of time since there are fine actors here doing their best. Some might like it but it is sadly lacking in excitement and the Fritz Lang magic.


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