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While the City Sleeps (1928)

A tough New York cop is determined to bring down a crook who has always managed to provide an alibi for the crimes he's been accused of, even though the detective knows he's guilty of committing them.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Joseph Farnham (titles), Andrew Percival Younger (story and scenario) (as A.P. Younger)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lon Chaney ... Dan Coghlan
Anita Page ... Myrtle Sullivan
Carroll Nye ... Marty
Wheeler Oakman ... Eddie 'Mile-Away' Skeeter Carlson
Mae Busch ... Bessie Ward
Polly Moran ... Mrs. Minnie McGinnis
Lydia Yeamans Titus Lydia Yeamans Titus ... Mrs. Sullivan
William Orlamond ... Dwiggins
Richard Carle ... Wally
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A tough New York cop is determined to bring down a crook who has always managed to provide an alibi for the crimes he's been accused of, even though the detective knows he's guilty of committing them.

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NOW! The man of 1,000 faces in a picture with 1,000 THRILLS!

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dans la Ville Endormie See more »

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Budget:

$259,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Los Angeles City Hall, which opened in April of 1928, appears on film for perhaps the first time in the background of a few rooftop scenes. See more »

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Featured in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) See more »

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Chaney plays a convincing police detective in an enjoyable drama
30 January 2000 | by blakemfSee all my reviews

Once again, Lon Chaney cast his makeup case aside and played a no-nonsense NY police detective, out to nail a murderer.

He's all business and Chaney LOOKS like an old-time detective. From the way he holds his gun to his wardrobe, it all looks like the real thing. And he even displays some great comedy touches in this film.

Look for the newly completed (April 1928) L.A. City Hall is a scene where Chaney goes over the rooftops. It is a crackerjack of a picture and Chaney is in top form!


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