Night and the City is an exciting, suspenseful melodrama, produced in London [from a novel by Gerald Kersh], which is the story of a double-crossing heel who finally gets his just desserts. In this role, Richard Widmark scores a definite hit. And he has excellent support right down the line. Gene Tierney was cast for name value only.

Night and the City is an exciting, suspenseful melodrama, produced in London [from a novel by Gerald Kersh], which is the story of a double-crossing heel who finally gets his just desserts. In this role, Richard Widmark scores a definite hit. And he has excellent support right down the line. Gene Tierney was cast for name value only.

Jules Dassin, in his direction, manages extraordinarily interesting backgrounds, realistically filmed to create a feeling both of suspense and mounting menace.

Widmark plays a London hustler willing to do anything to be somebody. He finally sees an opportunity in going into partnership with the father of London’s top wrestling promoter – and setting up his own wrestling enterprise, depending upon promoter’s love for his father to make a go of it. Idea backfires.

Night and the City

UK - US

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Jules Dassin; Producer Samuel G. Engel; Screenplay Jo Eisinger; Camera Max Greene; Editor Nick De Maggio, Sidney Stone; Music Franz Waxman; Art Director C.P. Norman

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Richard Widmark Gene Tierney Googie Withers Hugh Marlowe Francis L. Sullivan Herbert Lom
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