Dark City (1950)

Dark City (1950)





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Though he had previously appeared in David Bradley's film adaptation of Julius Caesar, Dark City marked Charlton Heston's first role in a major Hollywood production. Danny (Heston) and his pals Augie (Jack Webb), Soldier (Henry Morgan), and Barney (Ed Begley Sr.) set up a poker game to take Arthur Winant (Don DeFore) for all his money, but after the fact they discover that the money he lost wasn't really his and, in desperation, Arthur killed himself. Arthur's brother Sidney (Mike Mazurki), a large man not known for his emotional stability, becomes enraged when he learns the facts about Arthur's death, and he vows to kill the men responsible. When his friends start dropping like flies, Danny hides out with his girlfriend, nightclub singer Fran Garland (Lizabeth Scott), and pays a visit to Arthur's widow Victoria (Viveca Lindfors) in hopes of finding out who the killer might be. Jack Webb and Henry Morgan later reformed after their first appearance together as criminals when they co-starred in the TV show Dragnet.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Charlton Heston
as Danny Haley
Mike Mazurki
as Sidney Winant
Lizabeth Scott
as Fran Garland
Harry Morgan
as Soldier
Dean Jagger
as Captain Garvey
Jack Webb
as Augie
Viveca Lindfors
as Victoria Winant
Don DeFore
as Arthur Winant
John Bishop
as Fielding
Byron Foulger
as Motel Manager
Walter Burke
as Bartender
Michael Edward Rose
as Shoeshine Boy
Ralph Peters
as Proprietor
Dewey Robinson
as Gambler
Jimmie Dundee
as Detective
Mark Keuning
as Billy Winant
Billy Sheehan
as Gambler
Jeffrey Sayre
as Gambler
Jay Morley
as MacDonald
Franz Roehn
as Photographer
Bill Cartledge
as Bellhop
Otto Waldis
as Benowski
Fred Aldrich
as Civilian detective
Mike Mahoney
as Cashier
Ed Begley Sr.
as Barney
Mike Pat Donovan
as Sergeant
Stan Johnson
as Room clerk
Mark Kenning
as Billy Winant
James Dundee
as Detective
Bill Sheehan
as Gambler
Jack Carroll
as Pianist
Owen Tyree
as Desk Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Dark City

All Critics (2)

... an unambitious but handsome production from reliable studio hand William Dieterle.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010

The dark mood is set by Victor Milner's excellent B&W photography.

Full Review… | November 8, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Dark City


I accidentally picked this film up while looking for the 1998 film by the same name. When I realized it was Charlton Heston's first film role, I was hooked. When I realized that I was looking at a young Harry Morgan, who I grew up knowing as Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H, I was amused. And when I got to the quite intense last twenty minutes, I was riveted! I'm not a particular fan of film noir (or really, of older films in general) but I did enjoy this one.

Michael Jones
Michael Jones

Plot cul de sac: the movie! Watch as a mysterious, faceless killer stalks people while they casually try to find out who he is (and generally mill around for an hour and a half). Also be sure to check out Lizabeth's Scott's performance as the extraordinary needy female lead. There are no lengths that she will not go to to proves how needy she is. "Love me, Danny, please, oh Danny, why don't you love me? Am I crowding you, Danny?"

Brett Warren
Brett Warren

Super Reviewer

Good solid noir with competent performances although Lizabeth Scott has been better elsewhere but that can be somewhat attributed to the fact that her character is such a doormat. A nice dark attitude permeates the film which is essential to any quality noir. Heston's part is more ambiguously shaded than many of his later roles where he often had a tendency to play self righteous blowhards or iconic figures.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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