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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny Kelly
... Sally 'Angel Face' Connors
... Hayes Stewart
... Penrod Biddel
... Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago'
... Lydia Biddel
... Kathy Kelly
... Sgt. John 'Pop' Kelly Sr.
... Gregg Warren
... Stubby Kelly
James Andelin ... Lt. Parker
... Detective (as Thomas Poston)
Bunny Kacher ... Agnes DuBois
Philip L. Boddy ... Maitre d'Hotel
Thomas Jones ... Fancy Dan
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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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12 June 1953 (USA)  »

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Chicago - 12 Uhr Mitternacht  »

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1.37 : 1
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The building in which the robbery takes place was filmed in the Marquette Building in downtown Chicago. See more »

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[first lines]
Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago': I am the city, the hub and heart of America...
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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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Martin Scorsese's Personal Copy!
10 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was a great movie!

Beautiful shadowed images lingering on the screen. I saw this gem at the '06 San Francisco Film Noir Festival #4.

The movie was slow early on but when it finally got going it led to an exciting climax. Interestingly narrated is all I'll say about this story. It's a great and sordid tale from a night in the urban jungle. Don't miss this if you get the opportunity.

This tight little drama is about a cop ~ Gig Young ~ who gets tempted to dabble in the web of corruption and vice. With Marie WIndsor, Chill Wills, William Tallman, and a few other familiar character actors of the day.

And, yes this movie was loaned to the festival by Martin Scorsese. It was his personal 35mm print.


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