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Casey Robinson (screenplay)
Charles Einstein (novel)
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Release Date:
30 May 1956 (USA) See more »
Suspense as startling as a strangled scream ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dana Andrews ... Edward Mobley

Rhonda Fleming ... Dorothy Kyne

George Sanders ... Mark Loving

Howard Duff ... Lt. Burt Kaufman

Thomas Mitchell ... Jon Day Griffith

Vincent Price ... Walter Kyne

Sally Forrest ... Nancy Liggett

John Drew Barrymore ... Robert Manners (as John Barrymore Jr.)

James Craig ... 'Honest' Harry Kritzer

Ida Lupino ... Mildred Donner

Robert Warwick ... Amos Kyne

Mae Marsh ... Mrs. Manners

Ralph Peters ... Gerald Meade
Sandra White ... Judith Felton (as Sandy White)

Larry J. Blake ... Tim - Police Desk Sergeant (as Larry Blake)

Celia Lovsky ... Miss Dodd
Ed Hinton ... Mike O'Leary (as Edward Hinton)
Pitt Herbert ... Carlo - Bartender at the Dell

Vladimir Sokoloff ... George 'Pop' Pilski
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Andrews ... Bar Pianist (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Waiter (uncredited)

Leonard Carey ... Steven - Walter's Butler (uncredited)
John Damler ... Police Detective (uncredited)

Sayre Dearing ... Photographer (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Police Squad Car Driver (uncredited)

Joe Devlin ... Newspaper Teletype Operator (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Bartender in Biscayne's Cocktail Bar (uncredited)
Andrew Lupino ... Jim Leary (uncredited)

Mickey Martin ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Newspaper Worker (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Detective (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Newsman (uncredited)

Carleton Young ... Police Interrogator (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
Writing credits
Casey Robinson (screenplay)

Charles Einstein (novel "The Bloody Spur")

Produced by
Bert E. Friedlob .... producer (as Bert Friedlob)
Original Music by
Herschel Burke Gilbert 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Set Decoration by
Jack Mills 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch  (as Norma)
Makeup Department
Cherie Banks .... hair stylist
Gustaf Norin .... makeup supervisor (as Gus Norin)
Production Management
George Yohalem .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald R. Rondell .... assistant director (as Ronnie Rondell)
Robert H. Justman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Verna Fields .... sound editor
Buddy Myers .... sound re-recordist
Jack Solomon .... sound engineer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Martien .... wardrobe (as Bob Martien)
Jackie Spitzer .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Gene Fowler Jr. .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... conductor
Joseph Mullendore .... orchestrator
Alfred Perry .... music editor
Walter Sheets .... orchestrator
Other crew
Joe Franklin .... set continuity
Bert E. Friedlob .... presenter (as Bert Friedlob)
Mike Kaplan .... technical advisor
Violet McComas .... set continuity
Leo Taub .... assistant to producer
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1956) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1990) (2010) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17678) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

The movie was based on a real murder case that took place in 1946. In that year William Heirens killed three women and left a message scrawled in lipstick on a bathroom mirror after the second murder. In the message he urged the police to catch him before he killed again. Because of this the press dubbed him The Lipstick Killler.See more »
Boom mic visible: When Ed and Nancy are walking upstairs to her apartment, the shadow of the boom microphone can be seen following them on the wall above.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Maniac (1980)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An interesting film, 10 September 2012
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

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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