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The Sleeping City (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 October 1950 (USA)
In New York, the murder of a Bellvue Hospital intern prompts the police to send an undercover detective to investigate.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Jo Eisinger (story), Jo Eisinger (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Conte ... Fred Rowan, aka Fred Gilbert
Coleen Gray ... Ann Sebastian
Richard Taber Richard Taber ... 'Doc' Ware
John Alexander ... Police Insp. Gordon
Peggy Dow ... Kathy Hall
Alex Nicol ... Dr. Steve Anderson
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Storyline

At Bellvue Hospital, New York, an intern is shot in the head by an unknown killer. Inspector Gordon of the 9th Precinct finds no obvious leads but senses an undercurrent of mystery at the hospital; enter Detective Fred Rowan, whose medical background enables him to pose as an intern. Through wheels within wheels, Rowan finally penetrates to a secret, dirty racket...and nurse Ann Sebastian, whom he's been dating, may be mixed up in it. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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DANGER STALKS THE SILENT STREETS IN...THE SLEEPING CITY (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Web ofthe city See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In order to overcome New York Mayor O'Dwyer's objections to the negative portrayal of hospital procedures, Universal Studios provided an introduction, spoken by Richard Conte, in which he said the story was fictitious and did not take place in any particular U.S. city. See more »

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Fred Rowan, aka Fred Gilbert: [opening narration] Hello, everybody, my name is Richard Conte. In the picture you're about to see, I play the part of Doctor Gilbert, an intern at Bellevue Hospital. With the permission of the City Authorities, all the facilities of Bellevue Hospital, located in the heart of New York City, were made available to the film production crew. The story itself is completely fictional, and did not actually happen in Bellevue Hospital or in New York City. During our stay at Bellevue, in making this ...
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Referenced in Where's Marlowe? (1998) See more »

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Well Worth Watching!!!
23 June 2011 | by reddy1907See all my reviews

Very interesting plot, not just the same old, same old. It is unfortunate that this film is not more readily available. The story line is different from any other film I have seen. The story is developed and unpredictable. The cast and acting throughout leave nothing to be desired. Acting and camera use is wonderful and the characters are well developed. I would not consider this a boring film by any stretch of the imagination. The Sleeping City is a great example of a classic film noir. I would not have been able to view this film if it wasn't for a store I found online that sells a DVD copy of it, if you look around you should be able to find it. Hope more people can enjoy this great work too!


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