The Sleeping City (1950)

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In New York, the murder of a Bellvue Hospital intern prompts the police to send an undercover detective to investigate.


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  • Richard Conte and Coleen Gray in The Sleeping City (1950)
  • Richard Conte in The Sleeping City (1950)
  • Richard Conte and Coleen Gray in The Sleeping City (1950)
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5 April 2004 | jsmarr4
Where, or where is this noir classic?
I saw this movie once, many years ago, in NYC. It was filmed on location at Bellevue Hospital, eighty blocks south from where I did my residency training in medicine (50's-60's.) The medical attire, locations, and medical palaver are certainly dated, but that was the way it was ... many years ago. The movie's characters (Conte et al.) were grand; an atherosclerotic, aging, Bellevue Hospital was really like that, the state-of-the-art treatments, the accomodations for patients were all shockingly interesting. In this sense, it is living history of a past medical era.

The Noir is also so nicely done: hospital corridors, primitive art deco elevators, and night shots of Gotham streets. (All these retro-images are based on a film once seen by me forty years ago!)

If film renovators/DVD entreprenuers were to read this clip, I would recommend they consider this movie as one that many forgotten Noirs that need to be resurrected. It would be a cryptogenic discovery. Conte was a great actor, and he has a loyal following. (This movie was in his early career, and he plays a good guy!) He would be lauded later for his Godfather roles.)

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