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City That Never Sleeps

Released Aug 7, 1953 1h 30m Crime Drama List
Reviews 38% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A Chicago policeman (Gig Young) plans to quit his job and leave his wife for a nightclub singer (Mala Powers). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Somewhat pretentious in style... Oct 23, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A whimsical film noir, probably the only such animal. Rated: C+ Oct 22, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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deke p Interesting. Gig Young as a cop. I've seen it all, and just parts, a couple of times on tv. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Melodramatic tale of a frustrated cop who plans to ditch the job and marriage to run off with an exotic dancer. It's a near-miss picture that needed script help, but it still a fun watch for noir lovers. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member It's Chicago actually. Gig Young is a cop who is fed up with his life - he plans to ditch his wife for a stripper, quit the force, and move to California. In order to get the dough to do so, he throws in with corrupt lawyer Edward Arnold, promising to "arrest" bad magician William Talman and drive him to Indiana where he is wanted for a more serious crime. Things do go pear-shaped but watching over him is the "spirit of the city" Chill Wills who takes over as his partner when his real one is home sick with an earache. Wills doesn't prevent any crimes/murders but he does remind Young about the importance of his job and of the police in society. They do some helpful things. The film is a true noir, shot on location in high contrast black and white, showing dark alleys, a strip club, corrupt rich guys, bitchy Marie Windsor, bad mistakes, and depressing violence. Although the leads are a bit ho-hum, Talman made a great noir baddie (see also Armed Car Robbery, 1950, and The Hitch-hiker, 1953) before he graduated to Perry Mason's nemesis (district attorney Hamilton Burger). Worth a look. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a very good noir with a great cast! Give it some love! And the Olive Blu-ray is fantastic! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A fair to good crime noir movie set in the city of Chicago and Hamilton Burger of Perry Mason as the bad guy the movie had nice noir lighting as well Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member light hearted noir now that's a contradiction but true here Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A Chicago policeman (Gig Young) plans to quit his job and leave his wife for a nightclub singer (Mala Powers).
Director
John H. Auer
Screenwriter
Steve Fisher
Distributor
Republic Pictures
Production Co
Republic Pictures Corporation
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 7, 1953, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 1, 2019
Runtime
1h 30m
Sound Mix
Mono
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