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City That Never Sleeps (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 June 1953 (USA)
Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty.

Director:

John H. Auer

Writer:

Steve Fisher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gig Young ... Johnny Kelly
Mala Powers ... Sally 'Angel Face' Connors
William Talman ... Hayes Stewart
Edward Arnold ... Penrod Biddel
Chill Wills ... Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago'
Marie Windsor ... Lydia Biddel
Paula Raymond ... Kathy Kelly
Otto Hulett ... Sgt. John 'Pop' Kelly Sr.
Wally Cassell ... Gregg Warren
Ron Hagerthy ... Stubby Kelly
James Andelin James Andelin ... Lt. Parker
Tom Poston ... Detective (as Thomas Poston)
Bunny Kacher Bunny Kacher ... Agnes DuBois
Philip L. Boddy Philip L. Boddy ... Maitre d'Hotel
Thomas Jones Thomas Jones ... Fancy Dan
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Storyline

Chicago cop Johnny Kelly, dissatisfied with his job and marriage, would like to run away with his stripper girlfriend Angel Face, but keeps getting cold feet. During one crowded night, Angel Face decides she's had enough vacillation, and crooked lawyer Biddel has an illegal mission for Johnny that could put him in a financial position to act. But other, conflicting schemes are also in progress... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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...from the Honky Tonks to the penthouses...the creeps, the hoods, the killers come out to war with the city!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicago - 12 Uhr Mitternacht See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At least twice in the film the word "hood," denoting a small-time criminal, is used in which it is pronounced to rhyme with "food." The word in that usage and pronunciation originated in Chicago, where the film is set, although nationwide it means the same but is mainly pronounced to rhyme with "good." See more »

Goofs

Stuntman Dale Van Sickel is clearly seen instead of actor William Talman in the shot where Hayes Stewart jumps over the skylight during the rooftop chase. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago': I am the city, the hub and heart of America...
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture is respectfully dedicated to the police and police departments of America - a brave army of men and women who form our first line of defense in preserving our sacred principles of personal liberty and justice. We gratefully acknowledge the valuable assistance given by the City of Chicago and its police and Police Department, whose cooperation made this picture possible. See more »

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A Very Strange Cop Movie
18 May 2004 | by daytimer59See all my reviews

If you like your mysteries on the strange side, this movie is the one. I keep wondering how they filmed it without any people on the streets. Stock footage to bolster an obviously low budget helps somewhat, but this movie depicts Chicago in the middle of the night, and the only car on the street is the police car occupied by our hero. But this was 1953, so it was a different world at 3:00 a.m. There is a little of "The Asphalt Jungle" in this one--including the crooked lawyer, a pretty woman too evil for comfort, a safe to steal something from and the usual payment at the end. Then there is the twist -- the "ghost" influence -- who is in the middle of the evening's events, and who also narrates. Plus there's a guy portraying a store window mechanical man. Like I said, this is a strange one, but worth a curious look.


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