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
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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 »
When Figler answers the phone his lips aren't moving. See more »
[Opening dialogue as she suddenly comes in and sees Harry going through her purse]
You won't find any money in there, Harry/
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The following scene is lacking in some prints: After Helen discovers that Phil is dead, she learns that he has willed everything to Molly, an old flower seller. See more »
This gritty film, exposing the world of small time crooks in London, is a real masterpiece of film noir. The director, Jules Dassin, has captured this dark, dirty world perfectly and the black and white cinematography is superb. Richard Widmark is as despicable here as he was as Tommy Udo in "Kiss of Death"...it is a coup of casting. Francis Sullivan as Phil is great as the nightclub owner for whom Widmark shills and Googie Withers, one of my favorites of British film, is awesome as the unfaithful wife. Gene Tierney is wasted as Widmark's girlfriend...she does not seem to have much to do. Other support players are strong and you get to see Herbert Lom without his toupee! This is one of the best in the film noir genre and the ending pulls no punches. This is not a happy, feel good film. Highly recommended.
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