Night and the City

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Bizarre film noir with Widmark as a small time nightclub tout trying to hustle his way into the wrestling rackets, but finding himself the object of a murderous manhunt when his cons catch up with him. Set in a London through which Widmark spends much of his time dodging in dark alleyways, it attempts to present the city in neo-expressionist terms as a grotesque, terrifyingly anonymous trap. Fascinating, even though the stylised characterisations (like

Francis L Sullivan

's obesely outsized nightclub king) remain theoretically interesting rather than convincing. Inclined to go over the top, it all too clearly contains the seeds of Dassin's later - and disastrous - pretensions.

By: TM


Release details

100 mins

Cast and crew

Jules Dassin
Jo Eisinger
Richard Widmark
Gene Tierney
Googie Withers
Francis L Sullivan
Herbert Lom
Hugh Marlowe
Mike Mazurki
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