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While the City Sleeps (1956 film)

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While the City Sleeps is a 1956 film noir directed by Fritz Lang Written by Casey Robinson, the newspaper drama was based on The Bloody Spur by Charles Einstein, which depicts the story of "Lipstick Killer" William Heirens The film features Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, John Drew Barrymore and Ida Lupino1

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Background
  • 4 Reception
    • 41 Critical response
  • 5 Home media
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Plotedit

A power struggle at Kyne, inc ensues after the death of media magnate Amos Kyne Robert Warwick, who turned his corporation over to his sole heir, foppish son Walter Vincent Price

Rather than run the Kyne, inc himself, Walter decides to challenge the heads of its 3 divisions Their assignment; score an exclusive story on a serial killer terrorizing women in New York City the Kyne organization's newspaper has dubbed 'The Lipstick Killer' Whoever identifies him before the police, will be rewarded the title of Executive Director One of the 3, newspaper editor Jon Day Griffith Thomas Mitchell, has an ally in high-profile Kyne reporter and television personality Edward Mobley Dana Andrews Wire-service chief Mark Loving George Sanders recruits star writer Mildred Donner Ida Lupino as his eyes and ears, while third contender, Harry Kritzer James Craig, carries on a secret affair with Walter Kyne's wife, Dorothy Rhonda Fleming

Mobley becomes engaged to Loving's secretary, Nancy Liggett Sally Forrest Receiving inside information from his police friend, Lt Kaufman Howard Duff, Mobley taunts the killer on TV using Nancy as bait

Nancy and Dorothy, who live across the hall from each other since Dorothy happens to rent a discreet apartment in the same building to be able to carry out the affair with Harry, are all placed in serious jeopardy, while one of the 3 contenders for the head position of Kyne, inc wins, another has a surprise in store

Castedit

  • Dana Andrews as Edward Mobley
  • Rhonda Fleming as Dorothy Kyne
  • George Sanders as Mark Loving
  • Howard Duff as Lt Burt Kaufman
  • Thomas Mitchell as Jon Day Griffith
  • Vincent Price as Walter Kyne
  • Sally Forrest as Nancy Liggett
  • John Drew Barrymore as Robert Manners Lipstick Killer
  • James Craig as "Honest" Harry Kritzer
  • Ida Lupino as Mildred Donner
  • Robert Warwick as Amos Kyne
  • Mae Marsh as Mrs Manners
  • Ralph Peters as Gerald Meade
  • Sandy White as Judith Felton
  • Larry J Blake as Police Desk Sergeant

Backgroundedit

The film was based on the Charles Einstein novel "Bloody Spur" which had been optioned by the producer Bert Fiedlob2 The script was originally known as News is Made at Night3 It was made for United Artists4

The city in the film is supposed to be New York, but the film was shot in Los Angeles In so doing, they used the Pacific Electric Belmont trolley tunnel under downtown LA and interurban cars with steps and trolley poles to represent the heavyweight cars of the New York City Subway rolling stock, which are drastically different in appearance

Several props—some of which featured a large K in a circle—were recycled from Citizen Kane, which RKO had made 15 years earlier, and may have prompted the use of the name "Kyne"

The film was reportedly sold outright to RKO for a profit of $500,0005

Receptionedit

Critical responseedit

Film critic Bosley Crowther liked the film, especially the acting He wrote: "Since it is full of sound and fury, murder, sacred and profane love and a fair quota of intramural intrigue, a viewer is left wondering if the tycoons of the giant Kyne publishing combine ever bother to cover such mundane stories as the weather But while this journalistic jamboree is more flamboyant than probable, a tight and sophisticated script by Casey Robinson and a clutch of professional performances make While the City Sleeps a diverting and workmanlike fiction"6

Time Out film reviews wrote of the film, "Lang makes inspired use of glass-walled offices, where all is seen and nothing revealed, and traces explicit parallels between Andrews and the murderer Lang's most underrated movie"7

Home mediaedit

Unavailable on home video since a VHS release in the 1990s, While the City Sleeps is now available on DVD in the UK by Exposure Cinema, and in the US from the Warner Archive Collection on DVD-R Internet review site DVD Beaver compares releases, citing the Exposure release as superior due to the Warner Archive release being "Single-layered and significantly softer It also has some brightness boosting" The review also states that "There are no extras, not even the trailer that is available on Exposure disc" The Exposure Cinema release is open-matte, while the Warner Archive release is in Superscope

See alsoedit

  • List of American films of 1956

Referencesedit

  1. ^ While the City Sleeps at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ By THOMAS M PRYORSpecial to The New,York Times 1955, Apr 28 RHONDA FLEMING SIGNS FOR MOVIE New York Times 1923-Current File Retrieved from http://searchproquestcom/docview/113278629
  3. ^ Schallert, E 1955, Sep 13 'Brave one' find wanted as nazi hostage; gerard philipe bergman lead Los Angeles Times 1923-Current File Retrieved from http://searchproquestcom/docview/166861563
  4. ^ By THOMAS M PRYORSpecial to The New,York Times 1955, May 10 WARNERS TO FILM AIR FORCE STORY New York Times 1923-Current File Retrieved from http://searchproquestcom/docview/113413643
  5. ^ Scheuer, P K 1956, Jan 04 Drama Los Angeles Times 1923-Current File Retrieved from http://searchproquestcom/docview/166908548
  6. ^ Crowther, Bosley, The New York Times, film review, May 17, 1956 Accessed: August 6, 2013
  7. ^ Time Out Film reviews, 2008 Last accessed: February 7, 2008

External linksedit

  • While the City Sleeps at the American Film Institute Catalog
  • While the City Sleeps on Internet Movie Database
  • While the City Sleeps at AllMovie
  • While the City Sleeps at the TCM Movie Database
  • While the City Sleeps information site and DVD review at DVD Beaver includes images
  • While the City Sleeps film review by Adam Micklethwaite at Eye For Film
  • While the City Sleeps film clip on YouTube

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