While The City Sleeps

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“Ask mother” says the message scrawled in lipstick at a murder scene by an unknown serial killer who preys on women. It’s a sensational story—if it bleeds, it leads—and a news conglomerate offers a big promotion to the high-level company exec who solves... read more
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“Ask mother” says the message scrawled in lipstick at a murder scene by an unknown serial killer who preys on women. It’s a sensational story—if it bleeds, it leads—and a news conglomerate offers a big promotion to the high-level company exec who solves the case. So begins the wheeling, dealing and backstabbing of the competing media hotshots as they vie to unmask the so-called Lipstick Killer. Fritz Lang (The Big Heat), whose early-career expressionist works would strongly influence the film-noir genre, directs this stylistically understated noir that features an abundance of starpower rare for the genre: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino and other notables.

Original Release

05/30/1956

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Cast

Dana Andrews Edward Mobley
Rhonda Fleming Dorothy Kyne
George Sanders Mark Loving
Howard Duff Lt. Burt Kaufman
Thomas Mitchell Jon Day Griffith
Vincent Price Walter Kyne
Sally Forrest Nancy Liggett
John Drew Barrymore Robert Manners (as John Barrymore Jr.)
James Craig 'Honest' Harry Kritzer
Ida Lupino Mildred Donner
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Fritz Lang

Writers

Casey Robinson, Charles Einstein

Cast

Dana Andrews Edward Mobley
Rhonda Fleming Dorothy Kyne
George Sanders Mark Loving
Howard Duff Lt. Burt Kaufman
Thomas Mitchell Jon Day Griffith
Vincent Price Walter Kyne
Sally Forrest Nancy Liggett
John Drew Barrymore Robert Manners (as John Barrymore Jr.)
James Craig 'Honest' Harry Kritzer
Ida Lupino Mildred Donner
Robert Warwick Amos Kyne
Mae Marsh Mrs. Manners
Ralph Peters Gerald Meade
Larry J. Blake Tim - Police Desk Sergeant (as Larry Blake)
Celia Lovsky Miss Dodd
Ed Hinton Mike O'Leary (as Edward Hinton)
Pitt Herbert Carlo - Bartender at the Dell
Vladimir Sokoloff George 'Pop' Pilski
Leonard Carey
Sandra White Judith Felton (as Sandy White)

Producers

Editors

Gene Fowler Jr.

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