Rent Night and the City (1950)

3.9 of 5 from 79 ratings
1h 32min
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Synopsis:
Richard Widmark delivers an indelible performance as Harry Fabian, a small-time American nightclub tout and desperate dreamer who tries to worm his way into the wrestling rackets of post-war London. In his path lie the formidable obstacles posed by a vengeful club owner (Francis Sullivan) and the racketeer Kristo (Herbert Lorn). The club owner's sultry wife (Googie Withers) schemes with him, and a long-suffering girlfriend (Gene Tierney) does her best to save him. Like many a noir hero before him, Harry thinks he can outrun his fate. He's wrong.
Jules Dassin, under suspicion in Hollywood for his political beliefs, made the film at great speed, shooting night scenes in a London still shattered and skeletal from wartime bombings.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Samuel G. Engel
Writers:
Jo Eisinger, Gerald Kersh, Austin Dempster, William E. Watts
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/10/2007
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Interview with Jules Dassin, commentary by Paul Duncan and comparison of US and British versions
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/09/2015
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • US version audio commentary by film noir expert Paul Duncan
  • British version audio commentary by film expert Adrian Martin
  • Richard Widmark Interviewed by Adrian Wootton (2002, 72 mins): extensive interview filmed onstage at the National Film Theatre
  • The Guardian Lecture: Jules Dassin Interviewed by Alexander Walker (1981, 52 mins, audio with stills): a far-reaching onstage discussion

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Reviews (1) of Night and the City

Good looking film noir. - Night and the City review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
07/10/2013

Cleaned up version of Gerald Kersch's incredibly pessimistic and fatalistic London noir. The prostitutes become night club hostesses etc. But it's still terrific, and it captures the Darwinist concrete jungle of the novel well. Richard Widmark is indelible as the would be big shot Harry Fabian. The cast is all brilliant apart from the misplaced glamour of Gene Tierney, who is at least a pleasure to look at. There is an incredible wresting scene. And the whole film looks a knockout. Premier League film noir.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

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