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Dark City (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime , Drama , Film-Noir | 1951 (Chile)
Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

John Meredyth Lucas (screenplay), Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay) (as Larry Marcus) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Danny Haley
Lizabeth Scott ... Fran Garland
Viveca Lindfors ... Victoria Winant
Dean Jagger ... Capt. Garvey
Don DeFore ... Arthur Winant
Jack Webb ... Augie
Ed Begley ... Barney
Harry Morgan ... Soldier (as Henry Morgan)
Walter Sande ... Swede
Mark Keuning Mark Keuning ... Billy Winant
Mike Mazurki ... Sidney Winant
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Storyline

Danny Haley's bookie operation is shut down, so he and his pals need money; when Danny meets Arthur Winant, a sucker from out of town, he decoys him into a series of poker games where eventually Winant loses $5000 that isn't his...then hangs himself. But it seems Winant had a shadowy, protective elder brother who believes in personal revenge. And each of the card players in turn feels a faceless doom inexorably closing in. Dark streets and sexy torch-singer Fran lend ambience. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

A tense, tough drama of underworld violence and revenge ! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1951 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

No Escape See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Lancaster turned down the lead role. See more »

Goofs

Although done in medium long shot, it's obvious the man in the car is not Heston, but a stunt double. See more »

Quotes

Augie: Soldier doesn't worry you, huh?
Danny Haley: Soldier?
Augie: These guys that go nuts from punches in the head - you never know with them.
Danny Haley: You never know with anybody, Augie.
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Connections

Referenced in Dark City (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

IF I DIDN'T HAVE YOU
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Spina
Lyrics by Jack Elliott
Performed by Lizabeth Scott (dubbed by Trudy Stevens)
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Money and revenge in a dark and unforgiving city!
6 May 2008 | by somicSee all my reviews

Dark City is a well crafted film. Most film noir fans will love it. It was released in 1950 and Stars Lizabeth Scott and Charlton Heston.

Heston plays a gambler (Danny Haley) who along with two friends sucker a man from out of town into a game of poker. Only one problem...it wasn't his money to gamble with. He signs over his check with the knowledge, (I'm in big trouble!) It is later revealed that he hung himself.

Now the story really takes off. The dead mans brother (who is insane), vows to track down those who were responsible for his brothers death, one at a time! This is a very intense storyline and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Heston is wonderful in this film as is Lizabeth Scott. Scott had been in the film business for a number of years by the time she made this picture. But remember, this was Heston's first film. To watch him, you would never know. However it didn't hurt to have so many veteran actors surrounding him. Names like Dean Jagger, Don DeFore, Jack Web, Harry Morgan, Walter Sande, and Mark Keuning. This was a solid cast! If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it. You will need this for your film noir collection.


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