City That Never Sleeps (1953)

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John Auer directed and Steve Fisher wrote this police procedural film in the vein of the popular Detective Story of two years earlier. The film juggles around four characters through a particularly bad night in a Chicago precinct -- Johnny Kelly (Gig Young), a stressed out cop ready to crack; Sally "Angel Face" Connors (Mala Powers), a cheap strumpet lounge singer; Hayes Stewart (William Talman), a former magician and present thug; Penrod Biddel (Edward Arnold), a smooth and corrupt district attorney; and Sgt. Joe (Chill Wills), an Everyman character, known as "The Voice of Chicago." The skimpy plot concerns Kelly, who is having an affair with Angel Face and is ready to quit his job and leave his wife Kathy (Paula Raymond) at the drop of a hat. In order to get quick money to escape Chicago and start life anew with Angel Face, Kelly accepts an assignment and a payment from Biddel to escort low-life Stewart across the state line.

Cast

Gig Young
as Johnny Kelly
Mala Powers
as Sally 'Angel Face' Connors
William Talman
as Hayes Stewart
Edward Arnold
as Penrod Biddel
Chill Wills
as Sgt. Joe, the Voice of Chicago
Marie Windsor
as Lydia Biddel
Paula Raymond
as Kathy Kelly
Otto Hulett
as Sgt. John Kelly Sr.
Wally Cassell
as Gregg Warren
James Andelin
as Lt. Parker
Tom Poston
as Detective
Philip L. Boddy
as Maitre d'Hotel
Thomas Jones
as Fancy Dan
Leonard Diebold
as Cab Driver
Tom Irish
as Bellboy
Walter Woolf King
as Hotel Manager
Gil Herman
as Patrolman
Clark Howat
as Patrolman
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Critic Reviews for City That Never Sleeps

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A whimsical film noir, probably the only such animal.

Oct 22, 2004 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for City That Never Sleeps

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.

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