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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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Cast

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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
Sally Forrest ...
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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News Is Made at Night  »

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

Quotes

Ed Mobely: You know, you have very nice legs.
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Ed Mobely: Nice stockings too. What holds your stockings up?
Nancy Liggett: There's a lot your mother should have told you.
Ed Mobely: I didn't ask my mother. I asked you.
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solid acting, writing and direction
14 April 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While this is the sort of film that will not appeal to everyone (particularly teens and action film fans), this is a very well made drama from famed director, Fritz Lang. Unfortunately for Lang, his success directing American films was very limited and he eventually moved back to Europe soon after completing WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS. It's a shame, really, because many of his films (such as SCARLET STREET and this one) were darned good films but weren't blockbusters and weren't received too well by the public.

This film stars one of my favorite actors, Dana Andrews, though he is certainly NOT the entire show--as he has many fine supporting actors to make this movie about the future of a media empire quite interesting. Towards the very beginning of the film, the owner of a news wire service, newspaper and TV news empire dies--leaving the future to his ne'er do-well son (Vincent Price). Instead of picking a man to head this organization, he deliberately pushes these men to try to undermine and outdo each other to garner his favor! At the same time, there is a plot involving a serial killer which soon takes up most of the film's focus--particularly Dana Andrews'. How all this is worked out is pretty interesting and seemed pretty realistic. While not a great film, it was very good and is worth your time if you'd like a more cerebral type film as opposed to an action or suspense film (though there is quite a bit of both towards the very end).


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