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Richard Widmark is crazy good as Harry Fabian, a scheming, small time, neurotic, cowardly, sleazy, promoter who thinks he can put together a pro wrestling match that will make him rich and important. You know it's all going to be downhill, but Widmark makes the ride worthwhile as the tension mounts and mounts toward the inevitable denouement. Superior English supporting cast and great direction by Jules Dassin. Gene Tierney and Hugh Marlowe are wasted in small roles.
night and the city
- kevin sellers
Dickensian noir, anyone? Director Jules Dassin and cinematographer Max Green take us to dark, late 40s London and plunge us into a fascinating world of nightclub touts (i.e. sleazy front men, for those of you who don't speak Limey) treacherous and kindly waterfront scroungers and ragpickers, homeless crones (i.e. old ladies) who inherit millions, wrestlers both corruptible and otherwise, and pure of heart heroines named Mary (what else?). As noted below by James Higgins the pacing is tight and swift and the performances, with the exception of the lovely but wooden Gene Tierney, are first rate. Especially notable are Richard Widmark who interprets Harry Fabian, "the artist without an art," as perpetually in panic and motion (this film could have been titled "What Makes Harry Run?") Googie Withers as a sultry femme fatale and Francis L. Sullivan as an obese, masochistic night club owner (yet another character that could have been conceived by Chuckie D). My only major criticism is that the screenplay is on the obvious, humorless side (i.e. too many exchanges like: "I want to lead a normal life." "I want to be somebody!") and the scenes with Widmark and Tierney sure could use more tension and spark. Let's give it a B plus. P.S. The wrestling match between The Strangler and Gregorious is still, 67 years later, shocking in its realistic brutality. It really seems like Mike Mazurki and Stanislaus Zbyszko are NOT acting.
- Dennis Gordon
Mutz Greenbaum's cinematography makes this film a pleasure to watch.
Night & the City
- Dashiell B.
Another interesting film noir from director Dassin. Widmark is a hustler who, after meeting a legendary Greek wrestler, see's new oportunities; supporting characters like Tierney & Marlowe aren't fleshed out as much. Striking cinematography in London's streets emphasize the labyrinth Widmark has entered. Simultaneously entertaining & passable. I give it a 3.5/5.
- shel kaufman
loved everything about it, even thi I dnt understand the English "quid", or "bob". A true film noir, where ENERYONE IS UNSAVORY. No sentimentality...ell people get punished in some way..suprised me that Richard Widmark dies,,But everyone else lose as well. Taut and superb
- Jack Jacoby
This wonderful, atmospheric noir thriller is a movie to be seen and savored many times. It is widely regarded and rightly so as Widmark's best performance, at least his best early performance.He is just excellent as the small time hustler, Harry Fabian, with huge ambitions. The astonishingly beautiful Gene Tierney givesgreat support as does Francis Sullivan, Goodie Withers and Mike Mazurki. Truly enjoyable movie making by the gifted Jules Dassin.
Night and the City (1950)
- James Higgins
Such an intense and powerful story. Jules Dassin's taut direction is excellent. The cinematography is outstanding, especially the use of light and shadows. The performances are amazing. Standing out is Francis L. Sullivan, Richard Widmark, Googie Withers and Mike Mazurki. Memorable score and a fine pace. A solid film noir that is a must see for anyone into this genre.
Night And The City.
One of the very best films of Film Noir. Richard Widmark was a terrific actor with a long and varied career, mostly playing heavies or unsavory characters. Of his many fine performances, this one may have been his best. A must see film.