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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.
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.
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.
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