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Night People (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Mystery | 14 May 1954 (Sweden)
During the Cold War, an American soldier is abducted by Soviet agents in West Berlin, sparking a recovery effort led by Colonel Steve Van Dyke.

Director:

Nunnally Johnson

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Jed Harris (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Col. Steve Van Dyke
Broderick Crawford ... Charles Leatherby
Anita Björk ... 'Hoffy' Hoffmeier
Rita Gam ... Ricky Cates
Walter Abel ... Maj. R.A. Foster, MD
Buddy Ebsen ... Sgt. Eddie McColloch
Max Showalter ... Frederick S. Hobart (as Casey Adams)
Jill Esmond ... Frau Schindler
Peter van Eyck ... Sergei 'Petey' Petrochine
Marianne Koch ... Kathy Gerhardt
Ted Avery Ted Avery ... Cpl. John Leatherby
Hugh McDermott ... Maj. Burns
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Eddie Whitby
John Horsley ... Lt. Col. Stanways
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Norman Lakeland
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Storyline

Post WWII yarn about a young GI abducted by the Soviets in West Berlin and hauled off to the East. His recovery gets complicated as Colonel Steve Van Dyke (Peck) tries to sort out the usefulness of informants, spies, bureaucrats, and the abductee's influential father (Crawford)! Written by Corey Hatch

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You have never really seen Gregory Peck until you see him in "Night People".


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 May 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cannibals See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Their uniforms indicate both Van Dyke and Eddie were combat veterans of World War II. Van Dyke served in Italy with the 5th Army and earned the 2nd highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross, plus a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Eddie fought with the 4th Infantry Division in France and won both the Silver Star and Bronze Star for valor. See more »

Quotes

Frederick S. Hobart: Nothing that ever happens here is isolated. They kidnap a 19 year old boy, your son and we cant tell yet whether its a local needle or another Korea.
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Crazy Credits

For the first time ever, the Cinemascope logo ("Twentieth Century-Fox presents A Cinemascope Production") is not shown until about five minutes into the film, after the opening sequence. See more »

Connections

References Niagara (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the military review at the beginning
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The Cold War in Technicolor
19 June 2009 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A film that starts out innocently enough and is shot in Technicolor doesn't hold out much hope of being much of a tough Berlin Cold War drama like Carol Reed and James Mason might have made. Nonetheless, Night People gets pretty engrossing as the story unfolds. What it lacks in shadowy black and white photography and bleak ambiance, it makes up for in a couple of cool plot twists and attention to keeping the story moving. Gregory Peck bites off his lines as if he really means them as the colonel who's trying to get the young corporal who was kidnapped from the US sector after he kisses his German girlfriend good night, to the Russian sector and held for the ransom of an elderly couple, the wife of whom is part of a cool scene in a big beerhall restaurant where Peck is chewing the scenery and German sausages with Broderick Crawford. Crawford's character as a rich Toledo industrialist and well connected father of the kidnapped corporal gets pretty interesting as well as he's bent on throwing as much of his considerable weight around as he can in order to expedite his son's return. But this is international intrigue which requires a lot of preparation while the go-between German ex-mistress of Peck who likes absinthe, gets slowly revealed. Actually, the story is mostly top-notch, though with sergeant Buddy Ebsen's numerous humorous observations and overall casualness, the film is a lot lighter though not necessarily less smarter than some the of black and white classics.


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