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Night and the City (1950)

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Harry Fabian
... Mary Bristol
... Helen Nosseross
... Adam Dunn
... Philip Nosseross
... Kristo
... Gregorius
... The Strangler
... Mickey Beer
... Molly the Flower Lady
Ken Richmond ... Nikolas of Athens (as Ken. Richmond)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adelaide Hall ... Singer (scenes deleted)
... Pinkney (scenes deleted)
Betty Marsden ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
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Harry Fabian is a London hustler with ambitious plans that never work out. One day, when he encounters the most famous Greco-Roman wrestler in the world, Gregorius, at a London wrestling arena run by his son Kristo, he dreams up a scheme that he thinks will finally be his ticket to financial independence. As Fabian attempts to con everyone around him to get his scheme to work, he of course only ends up conning himself. This is an interesting tale of blind ambition, self-deception, broken dreams, and how a man who always thinks he's ahead of the game ends up tripping himself very badly. Written by Alan Katz <katz@panther.middlebury.edu>

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The inside story of London after dark.


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27 November 1950 (Sweden)  »

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Siniestra obsesion  »

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$3,600,000
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie "Night and the City" there's a scene when Harry Fabian goes on the run and Kristo sends Yosh to spread the word there's a 1000 quid bounty on Harry. Yosh can be seen driving by a marquee movie house that's playing the 1947 film "Escape Me Never." See more »

Goofs

As Harry is being chased through the streets of London at night, he runs down a set of stairs, then turns and runs down a lit street. In the foreground the cameraman and director's shadows are clearly outlined against the street. See more »

Quotes

Phil Nosseross, Silver Fox Club: You don't know what you're getting into.
Helen Nosseross: I know what I'm getting out of.
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Featured in American Cinema: Film Noir (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Right Kind
(uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman and Charles Henderson
Played at the Silver Fox
Introduced in Road House (1948)
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like a rat in a trap of his own creation
25 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Every where Richard Widmark's loser character Harry Fabian turns in this film he finds golden opportunities smothered in bad timing. Widmark utilizes a variation of that smarmy, snickering sinister giggle-chuckle that was memorialized in Kiss of Death.It serves the actor well in this film in its toned-down form but offers up a sort of pathetic body language for Fabian, the character. It may be that this American ex-patriot character is just way out of his depth. His hucksterism is not much appreciated by many of his acquaintances in this seedy London underworld. If Harry Fabian would simply accept that he is destined to be a 3rd rate shill and stooge,he might have fund some small pleasures. However, his mind is a shade too quick and his ambition too pumped. He's a user with not a shread of remorse about stepping on others, ripping them off, keeping one tiny step ahead of exposure. This is a superb film, squalid and sinister in its portrayal of greed, corruption and betrayal.


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