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Movie : Night and the City

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We see a man being chased through the streets.  It’s night and we’re in London.  The man ducks into an apartment building and enters a flat.  There’s a woman there and she greets our man with a worried “Harry, where have you been?”. She is worn out and tired of life with Harry and his lifestyle. We meet Harry Fabian.  He’s on the run, always owing money and looking to make a the big score.  He’s a scammer a rounder and a hustler who works the London underworld.

He comes up with a plan to promote wrestling and cut into the big promoters territory.  The promoter is a major figure in the underworld and not someone Harry should be messing with.  Playing all his connections against one another to make his big score, Harry’s hustles and bull shit eventually catch up with him putting him on the run again.

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CB watched ‘Night and the City’ as a kid and it had a big impact in his love of film.  This is a stark tough story that captured his imagination.  The look of the film is great.  Black and white cinematography catches the mood of the story with London’s seedy river front as the background.  Director Jules Dassin and his camera guy Max Greene absolutely put you in the time and place.  The film is sprinkled with very good actors.  Stanislaus Zbysko as Gregorius the old wrestler does a great job.  But it’s Richard Widmark’s performance as Harry that drives the story.  Widmark takes a character that isn’t very likable and draws you into his obsession.  He has some great moments in the film.

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So many good scenes and memorable images.  The ending of the film is one of CB’s favorites in movies.  This flick has stuck with CB over the years and will always have a place in his love of film.  Thanks to the old-man again for showing me the good stuff.  So if you like a good old black and white crime motion picture, check it out and put on your running shoes.

19 comments on “Movie : Night and the City

  1. Yeah, Another Blogger
    November 5, 2017

    CB, I’m going to put this flick on my list. Definitely.
    Thanks for writing about it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 5, 2017

      If you like the noir thing, I think you will dig this one Neil. Turn the clock back and get into it. There was lots to keep CB entertained.

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      • Yeah, Another Blogger
        November 5, 2017

        I like a lot of noir flicks. I bet you’ve seen Out Of The Past. That’s a great one.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 5, 2017

        ‘Past’ is a good one. Mitchum was perfect in it (and others). Yeah I eat that stuff up Neil. ‘Night and the City’ is right up that alley with an English twist.

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  2. Jim S.
    November 5, 2017

    Know of it, never seen it. On the list

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 5, 2017

      Might be a little dated for your tastes but Widmark’s performance captures that vibe of the guy chasing the big easy score. Like an addict who can’t control his addiction. Plus blck and white London is such a great look.

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      • Jim S.
        November 5, 2017

        I’m cool with oldies even if they are a little dated. They can’t not be. But I still dig them. I’ll take a slightly worn classic over much of today’s sludge any day of the week.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 6, 2017

        That’s kinda CB’s mo. Amazing thing about this scene is how fresh it feels. Brando just keeps it real.

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  3. christiansmusicmusings
    November 6, 2017

    Looks like a cool picture. There is something special about black and white movies. I guess in those days, a film needed to have a good plot and capable actors. Nowadays you oftentimes get the impression that if you took away the special effects you’d have nothing left.

    When I was a kid many moons ago, I watched a good deal of old movies – Bogart, Mitchum, Edward G. Robinson. Couldn’t get enough of it! I must have watched “Casablanca” more than 10 times. I would watch it again.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 6, 2017

      You just named three of my favorite actors. I did an earlier take on a scene from ‘Key Largo’ where Eddie G is a blue ribbon prick. But what an actor! Have a 70’s Mitchum film coming up and have already featured Bogart a few times. “Casablanca’ 10 times. You have me beat by a couple but I plan to add a view shortly.

      You might like ‘Night in the City’. Widmark doesn’t have the weight of those other actors but he’s perfect casting in this role. Plus you get hooked up in his scam. I might go watch it again.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        November 7, 2017

        I just learned they are showing “Casablanca” in select movie theaters nationwide this Sun (Nov 12) and Nov 15 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this all-time classic.

        While as noted I’ve watched this picture multiple times on TV, I’ve never seen it on the big screen. One of the theaters is not too far from my house, so if they still have tickets, I think I’m going!

        As a big movie fan, I wanted to make sure you knew about this. If you Google it you can’t miss it!

        Here’s looking at you, kid!😀

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 7, 2017

        I really miss the big screen experience. Most of the movies I’ve featured I have seen on the big screen. I’ve also seen ‘Casablanca’ on BS as well. But if its close I’d be tempted. I have a pretty good set up for watching (for CB’s tastes anyway). Bogie, Rains, Lorre, Greenstreet, Bergman. Great team. Thanks for that. It brings to mind, Music enthusiast and his son when to see ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on the BS, he said it was fantastic.

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  4. jerseydreaming
    November 8, 2017

    Great review, CB. I’m with you, a terrific performance by RW.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 8, 2017

      Thanks. Doing a take on something you like is pretty easy. Being a photographer you would appreciate the cinematography. Some real nice shots of London at that time. I like when they take the camera outside and capture the environment,

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      • jerseydreaming
        November 8, 2017

        I’d hardly call myself a photographer but I agree about the cinematography. There’s something very powerful about the visual style of that movie.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 8, 2017

        I’ve seen your work and it captures moments and stirs thoughts, emotions etc. Most films i dig take you to the time and place. This film did that in spades. Actually similar to ‘On the Waterfront’. Captures the environment which put me right there. I could feel London coming down on Harry. Good insight.

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      • jerseydreaming
        November 8, 2017

        Well, thanks for that and you’ve inspired me to go back and re-watch.

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  5. Thom Hickey
    November 10, 2017

    Going straight to the DVD section! What a mind burner! Good work CB! Thom.

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