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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Col. Steve Van Dyke
... Charles Leatherby
... 'Hoffy' Hoffmeier
... Ricky Cates
... Maj. R.A. Foster, MD
... Sgt. Eddie McColloch
... Frederick S. Hobart (as Casey Adams)
... Frau Schindler
... Sergei 'Petey' Petrochine
... Kathy Gerhardt
Ted Avery ... Cpl. John Leatherby
... Maj. Burns
Paul Carpenter ... Eddie Whitby
... Lt. Col. Stanways
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

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


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14 May 1954 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Cannibals  »

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Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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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

The Cinemascope "extension" music, added by composer Alfred Newman to his "20th Century-Fox Fanfare" especially for films made in Cinemascope, and used in most of them, is not used in this film. See more »

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References Niagara (1953) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Sung during the opening street scene
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an adult movie in that the characters acted like adults
11 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoy this movie and have seen it frequently through the years. It has been running on the Fox Movie Channel lately. I think the other comments are probably true, but I enjoy watching the film nonetheless. I love the very end when Gregory Peck is listening to the way the situation he commanded is presented by the news over the radio, while he smokes and surveys the cleaned-up city of Berlin. Peck presents a man who might be in a dirty job but can look himself in the mirror. I agree it is an adult movie in that the characters acted like adults. I felt during the drinking scene Hoffie conveyed that she had some remorse and was tired. (Just before, I enjoyed scene showing the bad feelings between Hoffie and the secretary. "Would you be kind enough to tell Major VanDyke that I am here, please?) Later, it was pretty clear how Hoffie figured out Steve was onto her. The other character I liked was the British fellow. I enjoyed his dialog. I told my British husband about the scene. I also enjoyed listening to the American idiom of the time. I liked all of the characters very much and look forward to seeing it again. Another user mentioned the Oscar for best screenplay for 1954 went to Broken Lance. I liked that movie, too!


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