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Encyclopedia > While the City Sleeps
While the City Sleeps
While the City Sleeps movie poster
Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Bert E. Friedlob
Written by Charles Einstein (novel)
Casey Robinson
Starring Dana Andrews
Rhonda Fleming
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Cinematography Ernest Laszlo
Editing by
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Released May 16, 1956 (U.S. release)
Running time 100 min
Language English
Budget
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IMDb profile

While the City Sleeps is a 1956 film directed by Fritz Lang. The newspaper drama was based on "The Bloody Spur" by Charles Einstein. The film weaves together two stories- a serial killer hunt and the competition for a newspaper's editorship. Fritz Lang Friedrich Anton Christian Lang (December 5, 1890 - August 2, 1976) was an Austrian film director, screenwriter and occasional film producer, one of the best known emigrés from Germanys school of expressionism to work in Hollywood. ... Dana Andrews Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 - December 17, 1992) was an American actor. ... Rhonda Fleming Rhonda Fleming (born August 10, 1923), nicknamed the Queen of Technicolor, is an American actress. ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (137th in leap years). ... See also: 1955 in film 1956 1957 in film 1950s in film years in film film // Events November 15 - The film Love Me Tender starring Elvis Presley (his first film) opens. ... See also: 1955 in film 1956 1957 in film 1950s in film years in film film // Events November 15 - The film Love Me Tender starring Elvis Presley (his first film) opens. ... Fritz Lang Friedrich Anton Christian Lang (December 5, 1890 - August 2, 1976) was an Austrian film director, screenwriter and occasional film producer, one of the best known emigrés from Germanys school of expressionism to work in Hollywood. ...

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Plot

Power struggle between executives ensue after the death of media magnate Amos Kyne, who turned over power to his sole heir, his foppish son (Vincent Price). He decides, instead of running the newspaper company himself, to let the heads of the three divisions of the newpaper to fight it out for control. Meanwhile, a New York women become prey of a serial killer. One of the three, newspaeper editor John Daily Griffith has an ally in high-profile reporter Edward Mobley who is working on the biggest story of the day: "The Lipstick Killer," a serial murder, burglar and sex fiend who is terrorizing the city.


Reaction

Dark City: The Film Noir by Spencer Selby calls While the City Sleeps an "Offbeat thriller which is one of the most original and provocative noir newspaper films." [1]


Featured Cast

Actor Role
Dana Andrews Edward Mobley
Rhonda Fleming Dorothy Kyne
George Sanders Mark Loving, KNS Chief
Howard Duff Lt. Burt Kaufman
Thomas Mitchell John Day Griffith (Sentinel managing editor)
Vincent Price Walter Kyne
Sally Forrest Nancy Liggett
John Barrymore Jr. Robert Manners
James Craig 'Honest' Harry Kritzer
Ida Lupino Mildred Donner

Dana Andrews Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 - December 17, 1992) was an American actor. ... Rhonda Fleming Rhonda Fleming (born August 10, 1923), nicknamed the Queen of Technicolor, is an American actress. ... George Sanders (actor) in Foreign Correspondent George Sanders (July 3, 1906 - April 25, 1972) was an actor in British and American films. ... Actor Howard Duff in Johnny Stool Pigeon Actor Howard Duff (November 24 - July 8, 1990) in Bremerton, Washington was a radio and stage performer before he began appearing in films in the late 1940s. ... Thomas Mitchell (July 11, 1892 – December 17, 1962) was an American film actor. ... Vincent Price on Broadway as Mr. ... James Craig (February 1, 1912-June 28, 1985) was a Nashville, Tennessee-born American actor. ... Lupino in High Sierra Ida Lupino (February 4, 1918–August 3, 1995) was a film actress, director,and a pioneer in the field of women filmmakers. ...

Trivia

  • The sequence depicting the New York subway was actually filmed in the Los Angeles subway.

References

  1. ^ Spencer Selby (1984). Dark City: The Film Noir, McFarland Classic. ISBN 0786404787.

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