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Dark City

Given that Heston spent most of his career playing monumental heroes, it's a surprise to find him cast as a petty hood in this, his Hollywood debut. He's a war hero fallen on tough times who makes a living hustling at poker. There's a homicidal maniac on his heels, out to avenge the death of his brother who committed suicide after losing a fortune to Heston at the table. As the title makes clear, we're in the realm of film noir. A plaintive score from Franz Waxman and moody camerawork from Victor Milner ensure the picture scores on atmosphere, but veteran director Dieterle hasn't been dealt much of a hand by his scriptwriters.

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Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Dieterle
Screenwriter: John Meredyth Lucas, Lawrence B Marcus
Cast: Charlton Heston
Lizabeth Scott
Viveca Lindfors
Dean Jagger
Jack Webb
Don Defore
Ed Begley
Henry Morgan
Mike Mazurki
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