While the City Sleeps (1956)

Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the first of his senior executives who can get the earliest scoops on the case.



  • Dana Andrews and Sally Forrest in While the City Sleeps (1956)
  • Vincent Price and George Sanders in While the City Sleeps (1956)
  • John Drew Barrymore in While the City Sleeps (1956)
  • Vincent Price and Rhonda Fleming in While the City Sleeps (1956)
  • Dana Andrews and Howard Duff in While the City Sleeps (1956)
  • George Sanders and Ida Lupino in While the City Sleeps (1956)

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Fritz Lang


Casey Robinson (screenplay), Charles Einstein (novel)

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11 November 2013 | GManfred
Not As Good As Advertised
Maybe I was expecting too much from this picture. It's billed as a film noir, but I thought the mood was all wrong for a film noir. More like a melodrama bordering on a drama but for the presence of John Barrymore, Jr. It had a great cast with lots off recognizable names and the director was Fritz Lang.

I just thought it wasn't up to the lofty standard set by Lang in earlier films like 'M" and "The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse", but truth be told, these pictures were made many years before this one. Too much dialogue here, and this picture dearly needed an injection of excitement to break the tedium of the love stories in the sub-plot.

I like Dana Andrews, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, et al. A big boost was provided by Ida Lupino, always professional, as a sleep-around newspaper columnist. I also felt Barrymore tended toward ham in his portrayal of the psycho killer. My overall impression is of a master director who was losing his fastball, which is a shame. It could have been so much better.

5/10 - Website no longer prints my star rating.

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