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At a London nightclub, sly American hustler and con-man Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) has plans to outwit The Strangler (Mike Mazurki) and his ruthless boss.
At a London nightclub, sly American hustler and con-man Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) has plans to outwit The Strangler (Mike Mazurki) and his ruthless boss.
Estranged wife Helen Nosseross (Googie Withers) accepts an expensive fur coat from her husband Phil Nosseross (Francis L. Sullivan), owner of the Silver Fox Club.
Estranged wife Helen Nosseross (Googie Withers) accepts an expensive fur coat from her husband Phil Nosseross (Francis L. Sullivan), owner of the Silver Fox Club.
Fabian (Richard Widmark) confronts The Strangler (Mike Mazurki) at Harry's gym, as wrestlers Gregorius (Stanislaus Zbyszko) and Nikolas of Athens (Ken Richmond) watch from the ring.
Fabian (Richard Widmark) confronts The Strangler (Mike Mazurki) at Harry's gym, as wrestlers Gregorius (Stanislaus Zbyszko) and Nikolas of Athens (Ken Richmond) watch from the ring.
The Strangler (Mike Mazurki) has Gregorius the Great (Stanislaus Zbyszko) in a brutal choke hold, but who will prevail?
The Strangler (Mike Mazurki) has Gregorius the Great (Stanislaus Zbyszko) in a brutal choke hold, but who will prevail?
Girlfriend Mary Bristol (Gene Tierney) comforts forlorn Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark).
Girlfriend Mary Bristol (Gene Tierney) comforts forlorn Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark).
Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) isn't paranoid - they really are out to get him.
Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) isn't paranoid - they really are out to get him.

Thumbnail for Night and the City (1950) Night and the City (1950)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 90
Notable as: Film noirGenre: Film noir, Crime Fiction, Thriller, Film adaptation, Sports, DramaNarrative location: LondonRuntime: 92 - 101 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United Kingdom, USAFilming location: LondonDirector: Jules DassinScreenwriter: Gerald KershBased on: Night and the CityMusic: Franz WaxmanCinematography: Mutz GreenbaumStars: Gene Tierney, Richard Widmark, Googie Withers, Herbert Lom, Mike Mazurki, Charles Farrell, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, Kenneth Richmond, Ada Reeve, Stanislaus Zbyszko, Kay KendallProducer: Samuel G. EngelAward details: (details at IMDb)
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Night and the City is a 1950 British film noir directed by Jules Dassin and starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney and Googie Withers. It is based on the novel of the same name by Gerald Kersh. Shot on location in London, the plot revolves around an ambitious hustler whose plans keep going wrong. Director Dassin later confessed that he never read the novel the movie is based upon. In an interview appearing on The Criterion Collection DVD release, Dassin recalls that the casting of Tierney was in response to a request by Darryl Zanuck, who was concerned that personal problems had rendered the actress "suicidal," and hoped that work would improve her state of mind. The film's British version was five minutes longer, with a more upbeat ending and featuring a completely different film score. Dassin has endorsed the American version as closer to his vision. The film is notable for a depiction of a very tough and prolonged wrestling bout between Stanislaus Zbyszko, a celebrated professional wrestler in real life, and Mike Mazurki, who before becoming an actor was himself a professional wrestler.


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