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While the City Sleeps(1956)

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  • RKO/Howard Hughes', "Let's destroy."

    • John Hart
    • 10/17/13

    Great to see all these pro's acting together, and even Vincent Price held back as a 'scene stealer' in this one.Price must have respected Fritz Lang a lot!Dana Andrews looked pretty good ten years later, considering that this movie was not LAURA. Ida, fantastic as always -- and there was her husband Howard Duff, and heryoung discovery, Sally Forrest, blending right in with the much more experienced competition. Hello?Rhonda Fleming -- a tasty dish as usual. Poor John Barrymore Jr. -- trying hard to break the Barrymore image as a deranged killer, ( such facial contortions) -- he had a sad ending -- for any young actor.George Sanders competing with fellow, Best Supporting Actor Thomas Mitchell, and being very professionalin his interplay with Mitchell and the entire cast.Taught script. A minor classic, indeed. Thanks, Fritz. Hughes must have had a lot of respect for you too.JH

  • This Movie was Fantastic

    • sue
    • 6/21/12

    Masterpiece...indeed this movie was a masterpiece. I had to chuckle at how many cocktails they drank while chasing down a dangerous killer. The ladies were classy and the men were out to impress. Classics like this movie are real gems!

  • Supreme film gris latecomer

    • San Fernando Curt
    • 12/3/11

    These 'greys' were sub-genre of film noir, and tended to be more "social" and a lot more downbeat than their black-and-white parent. Battles between individuals don't matter as much as society's abrasion of the human soul. This mean little type had all-but died out by the time Lang made this mini-masterpiece, but it fits in well with its stark indictment of corrosive money, power, and almost pathological ambition. Underlings claw to be the honcho of a vast news empire, and the prize will go to whoever can reveal a maniac dubbed "The Lipstick Killer". As they scramble on his trail, they help build the killer into a legend in his own time - even at the price of their loved ones.But forget all that and just consider the cast: Dana Andrews, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Howard Duff and the wondrous Ida Lupino. To call this lineup "powerhouse" would be understatement.Interestingly, there really was a "Lipstick Killer" in the '40s, who scrawled messages in lipstick at his Chicago murder scenes. As of December 2011, William Heirens is still alive, still in prison as America's oldest serving convict - 65 years in the big house.

  • A 'film gris' latecomer

    • San Fernando Curt
    • 12/3/11

    These 'greys' were sub-genre of film noir, and tended to be more "social" and a lot more downbeat than their black-and-white parent. Battles between individuals don't matter as much as society's abrasion of the human soul. This mean little type had all-but died out by the time Lang made this mini-masterpiece, but it fits in well with its stark indictment of corrosive money, power, and almost pathological ambition. Underlings claw to be the honcho of a vast news empire, and the prize will go to whoever can reveal a maniac dubbed "The Lipstick Killer". As they scramble on his trail, they help build the killer into a legend in his own time - even at the price of their loved ones.But forget all that and just consider the cast: Dana Andrews, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Howard Duff and the wondrous Ida Lupino. To call this lineup "powerhouse" would be understatement.Interestingly, there really was a "Lipstick Killer" in the '40s, who scrawled messages in lipstick at his Chicago murder scenes. As of December 2011, William Heirens is still alive, still in prison as America's oldest serving convict - 65 years in the big house.

  • Love Lupino!

    • tharold
    • 12/3/11

    So glad you are showing this excellent film noir thriller. Seems like RKO specialized and excelled in this genre. Cast is great, with Ida Lupino a standout as sob sister Mildred Donner. Known for years as the "poor man's Bette Davis", Ida was a superb actress as well as director. Even Bette singled her out as "one of our best actresses" at some televised function years later.Really ahead of her time and oftentimes underrated, Lupino is always a joy to watch!

  • While the City Sleeps

    • James
    • 11/2/10

    A well done thriller mixed with light hearted romance. Interesting to note, the eerie comparison of the modus operandi of this serical killer to the Boston Strangler killings in the early 60's.

  • While the City Sleeps (1956)

    • James Higgins
    • 4/27/10

    Fritz Lang is such an amazing director. His so motivated visually, perhaps that is from his work in silent films. Great screenplay, superb cinematography. The entire cast is great, especially George Sanders. Very effective score. It is never dull and moves along at a great pace.

  • Right up there with the Best Ever

    • R
    • 9/9/09

    Great Cast! Fritz Lang!! maintained..even raised the standard of 'newsroom' dramas that blossomed in late 40's & thrived through the 60's.A very enjoyable film with great acting everywhere. (Even Vinnie Price is bearable!)

  • The Cree Sees Everything

    • wpg_cree
    • 8/27/09

    Ida Lupino set the tone for the 50's in many ways she is the grand dame of them all. Watching her is a reminder to us about the abilty of an actor to draw us in - in this regard she is totally watchable, believable and compelling. Ida Lupino just had that certain something that crossed over and translates to the audience through her eyes. In fact she may have the best set of eyes second only to Ingrid Bergman. For pure unadulterated drama action and fun Ida Lupino may stand alone . The definitive femme fatale-

  • If But Only For The Cast...

    • Steve S.
    • 8/4/09

    this is a must see "newspaper" crime drama.In viewing this picture, we can gleam hint's and glimpse's of what Fritz Lang would give us if there wasn't a production code however, even with the restrictive code Lang manages to provide plenty of steamy allusion's.No doubt, the subject matter is for mature audience's and although the star's of this film best year's are behind them they do not disappoint. Herr Lang even has Dana Andrews' character, Ed Mobley, speak a short sentence of German - "Du verstehe".

  • Three cheers for Miss Lupino

    • Phillip
    • 7/31/09

    Ida Lupino so underrated. She was way way ahead of her time. The first actress to act, direct, produce, write and she gets no credit nowadays at all. Streisand, Hawn none of them give a thank you Ida Lupino in any speech they make about woman in Hollywood. Ida did it before Babs and Goldie and she did it a thousand times better. Time for Miss Lupino to get her due. Step-up Mr. Osborne.

  • No reason this isn't on DVD

    • chazz
    • 6/19/07

    Why isn't this on DVD?No the greatest crime/Noir yarn but Fritz lang direcing Dana Andrews.Thomas Mitchell,Johgn Barry More Jr.,George DSanders,etc etc etc with ealry Bernard Hermann sc ore.it deserves a DVD if only beceause eveything acted in or directed by Ida Lupino deserves release.It's beyond me whay it isn't out by now.Vote for it and ask your freinds to lopok it up.We can never have too many decent crime/Noir movies to choose for our libraries.Chazz

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