While the City Sleeps

While the City Sleeps

Director: Fritz Lang Cast: Dana Andrews, Ida Lupino, Rhonda Fleming

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Overview

When media mogul Amos Kyne (Robert Warwick) dies, his business, which includes a major newspaper, a television station, and a wire news service, is turned over to his sole heir, his foppish, ne'er do well son (Vincent Price). The younger Kyne has no knowledge of how to run the company his father built, preferring to spend his time spending the money that it generates, and he decides to let the heads of the three divisions -- newspaper editor John Day Griffith (Thomas Mitchell), wire service chief Mark Loving (George Sanders), and photo chief Harry Kritzer (James Craig) -- fight it out among themselves, winner-take-all. Each one has a key alley: Griffith, in Edward Mobley (Dana Andrews), a top reporter who is lately appearing on television as well; Loving, in resourceful but sluttish columnist Mildred Donner (Ida Lupino), who has her own way of digging up secrets; and Kritzer, who doesn't think he needs to dig up secrets because he's sitting on the biggest one of all, his "friendship" with Kyne's ex-model wife, Dorothy (Rhonda Fleming). Mobley becomes a focal point because the story-of-the-moment concerns the "Lipstick Killer," a serial murderer, burglar, and sex fiend who has been terrorizing the city -- break that case first and the job is won, and Mobley's specialty is crime reporting. The Lipstick Killer, a disturbed teenager named Robert Manners (John Drew Barrymore), continues to elude the police, and Loving's stumbling attempts to get information out first don't aid in the manhunt. Meanwhile, Mobley, using his own deductive powers and some basic psychology, manages to get under the killer's skin from afar on television and in print; however, unbeknownst to the reporter, the murderer is feeling more pressure to commit his crimes, and taking a very personal interest in targeting Mobley and his fiancée, Nancy Liggett (Sally Forrest). The two interwoven stories all get pulled together in a chase through the streets and into the city's subway tunnels, with Mobley, Nancy, Police Lieutenant Kaufman (Howard Duff), and the killer all crossing paths.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2011
UPC: 0883316270615
Original Release: 1956
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 20,510

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dana Andrews Edward Mobley
Ida Lupino Mildred Donner
Rhonda Fleming Dorothy Kyne
Sally Forrest Nancy Liggett
Thomas Mitchell John Day Griffith
George Sanders Mark Loving
Vincent Price Walter Kyne, Jr.
Howard Duff Lt. Burt Kaufman
James Craig Harry Kritzer
John Drew Barrymore Robert Manners
Robert Warwick Amos Kyne
Ralph Peters Meade
Larry Blake Police Sergeant
Ed Hinton O'Leary
Mae Marsh Mrs. Manners
Sandra White Judith Fenton
Celia Lovsky Miss Dodd
Pitt Herbert Bartender
Vladimir Sokoloff George Palsky
David Andrews Bar Pianist
Carleton Young Actor

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director
Carroll Clark Art Director
Gene Fowler Editor
Bert E. Friedlob Producer
Guffroy Gilbert Songwriter
Herschel Burke Gilbert Score Composer
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Jack Mills Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Mullendore Songwriter
Gus Norin Makeup
Norma Costumes/Costume Designer
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Ronnie R. Rondell Asst. Director
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer

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