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City That Never Sleeps [Blu-ray]
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on June 22, 2013
Evoking a noir style, Chicago is the locale for this cops vs. gangsters chase drama---Gig Young is the cop in love with nightclub singer Mala Powers but is assigned to track down and arrest murderer William Talman. Is there really a happy ending to this story? See it and find out. All very good performances by the leading actors.

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on April 27, 2013
The most striking thing in this film is John L. Russell's evocative cinematography of Chicago's cityscape. This is so overpowering that it threatens to overwhelm character and storytelling. Your initial reaction here is there are too many characters, too many relationships, interrelationships and the film is overplotted. There's a point, however, in the film where it achieves equillibrium. In my opinion that is when we are introduced to a character named Hayes Stewart played by William Talman who would later be better known as Hamilton Burger on the old "Perry Mason" TV show. On the surface Stewart is a common thug. Talman imbues him with complexities that if you don't sympathize with him at least there is a glimmer of empathy. Truth be told in the script by Steve Fisher there are shadings of good and bad in all the principal characters whether it be a patrolman (Gig Young) who is contemplating leaving his wife for a showgirl or the unscrupulous lawyer (Edward Arnold) dealing with the duplicities of his trophy wife. The one thing I didn't buy was the introduction of a supernatural element that to me was an ill fit for the noir trappings. I've read the other reviews on this page some more critical than others and even the ones I don't necessarily agree with have a point. "City That Never Sleeps" is far from a perfect film but one that elicits a reaction so it is worth pursuing.
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on May 5, 2013
John Auer directed this film, and also directed "Hell's half acre" which is available on blu ray from Olive. Of the two I think this is by far the best, and it has a rafter of people hitting up against a wall of noirish problems. The basic story is a young patrolman wants to quit his job, and run off with his showgirl (taxi dancer) mistress and leave his loving wife behind: all because, darn it, she earns more money than he does. His dad is a lifelong cop nearing retirement, and his kid brother is enraptured with thug life. On top of the showgirl has another admirer, a fellow entertainer, who has daydreams that are both scary and pathetic, all of which center on the girl, who is due to take off with the cop. Edward Arnold pulls many strings behind the scenes as a corrupt lawyer, William Talman is a desperate thug, and Marie Windsor (who else?) plays the bad girl to the hilt. All in all pretty entertaining, albeit flawed.
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very nice transfer
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on November 5, 2017
Great movie
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on September 30, 2017
GREAT
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on May 12, 2013
one of the best movies i have veiwed. an excellent story, of life of the nite time, from the police point of view thank you
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on March 1, 2016
Interesting sights and scenes throughout Chicago. Generally a good print. When the story gets moving your interest starts to awaken. Ends up being not a bad story.
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on May 15, 2016
The DVD arrived in fine condition n plays fine.
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on March 19, 2015
Decent Noir---This Noir has its moments and offers some dimension but if your looking for Top Tier Noir this isn't it. .... Gig Young plays Johnny Kelley a married second generation cop who is dissatisfied with his business and personal life. --His wife is nice, intelligent and attractive but Johnny thinks there's something more to life.---So he's dating an exotic dancer with plans for a future with her somewhere else in the world.--- I hate spoilers so I'll just say the flick is about Johnny wrestling with his own inner dissatisfaction/inner conflicts and deciding where to set his moral compass.--- Here we are given a front row seat through the dark streets of Chicago on Johnnys journey. There is a heist but this is not a Heist Noir. There is also a chase at the conclusion of which Johnny decides which fork of the road he's going to take on his lifes path.---- Picture quality on this Olive films release is respectable. If you've seen the best and better noirs and still hungry for more noir than this isn't bad.---P. S. IMO this is better than "Hells Half Acre" which was also directed by John Auer.
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