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Night and the City ()


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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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Harry Fabian
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Mary Bristol
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Helen Nosseross
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Adam Dunn
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Philip Nosseross
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Kristo
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Gregorius
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The Strangler
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Mickey Beer
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Molly the Flower Lady
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Nikolas of Athens (as Ken. Richmond)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adelaide Hall ...
Singer (scenesDeleted)
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Pinkney (scenesDeleted)
Betty Marsden ...
Undetermined Role (scenesDeleted)
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Young Policeman (uncredited)
Clifford Buckton ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Ernest Butcher ...
Street Musician Bert (uncredited)
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Thug (uncredited)
Naomi Chance ...
Nightclub Hostess (uncredited)
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Hoskins (uncredited)
Clifford Cobbe ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Patricia Davidson ...
Night Club Hostess (uncredited)
Maureen Delaney ...
Anna O'Leary (Blackmarket) (uncredited)
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Fergus Chilk, Kristo's Lawyer (uncredited)
Stanley Escane ...
Man (uncredited)
Thomas Gallagher ...
Bagrag a Bar Owner (uncredited)
Rex Garner ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Figler, King of the Beggars (uncredited)
George Hirste ...
Beggar (uncredited)
Gerry Judge ...
American Bar Patron (uncredited)
Hamilton Keene ...
Charles, American Bar Bartender (uncredited)
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One of Helen's Girls (uncredited)
J. Hubert Leslie ...
Nightwatchman (uncredited)
Arthur Lovegrove ...
Thug (uncredited)
Walter Magnee ...
A second (uncredited)
Jack Mandeville ...
Man in Alley (uncredited)
John Mann ...
Beggar (uncredited)
Lew Marco ...
Referee (uncredited)
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Unconfirmed Role (uncredited) (rumored)
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Googin the Forger (uncredited)
MacDonald Parke ...
American from Chicago (uncredited)
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Watchman (uncredited)
Chunky Pattison ...
Dwarf (uncredited)
Frank Pettitt ...
Cabby (uncredited)
Dido Plumb ...
Tramp on Stairs (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
Eddy Reed ...
American from Chicago (uncredited)
John Rudling ...
Man (uncredited)
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Man at Wrestling Match (uncredited)
Johnnie Schofield ...
Cashier (uncredited)
Betty Shale ...
Mrs. Pinkney (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
Leonard Sharp ...
Beggar (uncredited)
Ray St. Bernard ...
Strangler's Opponent (uncredited)
Tony Sympson ...
Cozen (uncredited)
Harry Terry ...
Man on dock (uncredited)
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Beggar (uncredited)
C. Denier Warren ...
Small American from Chicago (uncredited)
Freddie Watts ...
Man (uncredited)
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Messenger Boy (uncredited)
Russell Westwood ...
Yosh, Kristo's Goon (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jules Dassin

Written by

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Jo Eisinger ... (screenplay)
 
Gerald Kersh ... (novel)
 
Austin Dempster ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
William E. Watts ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Samuel G. Engel ... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Benjamin Frankel
Franz Waxman

Cinematography by

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Mutz Greenbaum ... director of photography (as Max Greene)

Film Editing by

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Nick DeMaggio ... (as Nick De Maggio)
Sidney Stone

Casting By

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Weston Drury Jr. ... (uncredited)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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C.P. Norman

Makeup Department

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Eric Allwright ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
E. Attwright ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
David Aylott ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Barbara Ritchie ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Iris Tilley ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Percy Hermes ... unit manager (uncredited)
Ronald Kinnoch ... production manager (uncredited)
Bert Pearl ... assistant production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jack N. Green ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Anthony Hearne ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Douglas Hermes ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Percy Hermes ... assistant director (uncredited)
George Mills ... assistant director (uncredited)
Peter Mullins ... third assistant director (uncredited)
John Street ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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George Beech ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Ted Clements ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Mullins ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Murton ... draughtsman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Peter Handford ... sound recordist
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound recordist (as Roger Heman)
Hugh Strain ... sound assistant (uncredited)
John Streeter ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Kevin Sutton ... sound assistant (uncredited)
Charles Van der Goor ... sound maintenance (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Hal Britten ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
V. Butler ... second grip (uncredited)
Austin Dempster ... camera operator (uncredited)
Eddie Earp ... clapper loader: second unit (uncredited)
Arthur Evans ... still photographer (uncredited)
Godfrey A. Godar ... focus puller (uncredited)
Jo Jago ... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Walter Lassally ... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
David Oxenham ... clapper loader (uncredited)
A. Southall ... second grip (uncredited)
Joe Vincent ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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John Jones ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Oleg Cassini ... costumes: Miss Tierney
Margaret Furse ... costumes: Miss Withers
Ivy Baker ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Evelyn Gibbs ... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Arthur Newman ... wardrobe master (uncredited)

Music Department

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Muir Mathieson ... musical director: UK version
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator: USA version (as Edward Powell)
Maudie Edwards ... singing voice: Gene Tierney (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers ... orchestrator: Waxman (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge ... orchestrator: Waxman (uncredited)
Eric Rogers ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Arthur Allighan ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ernest Betts ... publicist (uncredited)
R.E. Dearing ... assistant to producer (uncredited) / personal assistant to producer (uncredited)
Fred Fox ... personal assistant to producer (uncredited)
Élise Girard ... press attache France 2005 re-release (uncredited)
Noreen Hipwell ... production secretary (uncredited)
Walter Magnee ... wrestling trainer/adviser (uncredited)
Mike Mazurki ... technical adviser: wrestling (uncredited) / technical advisor: wrestling (uncredited)
Peggy McClafferty ... continuity (uncredited)
Hazel Swift ... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Mickey Wood ... technical advisor: wrestling (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The inside story of London after dark. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les forbans de la nuit (France)
  • Noche en la ciudad (Spain)
  • Siniestra obsesion (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Suurkaupungin yö (Finland)
  • Siniestra obsesion (Peru)
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  • 101 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Jules Dassin made the film while in the process of being blacklisted. Daryll Zanuck told him it may be the last filmed he'd ever direct, so he should shoot the most expensive scenes first so the studio wouldn't be able to blacklist him until it was completed. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Film Noir (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Here's to Champagne See more »
Quotes Adam Dunne: Harry is an artist without an art.
Mary Bristol: What does that mean?
Adam Dunne: Well, that is something that could make a man very unhappy, Mary, groping for the right level, the means with which to express himself.
Mary Bristol: Yes, he is that. Is not he? I like that, Adam. It is a very nice thought.
Adam Dunne: Yes, but it can be dangerous.
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