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City That Never Sleeps (1953) / Hollow Triumph (1948)

Hollow Triumph (1948)
September 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Print courtesy of the BFI.

City That Never Sleeps (1953)

Directed by
John H. Auer

Chicago cop, Johnny Kelly (Gig Young), dreams of escaping his boring job and wife and going to California with a nightclub stripper he’s infatuated with (Mala Powers).  However, his last day on the job changes everything, as Johnny gets involved with gangsters and a crooked district attorney.  Like The Naked City (1948), this noir features a gritty, realistic look at the city’s low-lives through location photography and harsh lighting.  

Republic Pictures Corp.  Producer: Herbert J. Yates.  Screenwriter: Steven Fischer.  Cinematographer: John L. Russell Jr.  Editor: Fred Allen, Tony Martinelli.  Cast: Gig Young, Mala Powers, Edward Arnold, William Talman, Chill Wills.

35mm, b/w, 90 min.

Hollow Triumph (1948)

Directed by
Steve Sekely

Recently released from prison and involved in the robbery of a mobster’s casino that has gone bad, John Muller (Paul Henreid) takes on the identity of psychiatrist Dr. Bartok, after killing him.  His new identity, however, brings him no peace, Bartok having his own problems with gangsters.  Like many film noir heroes, Muller can’t escape fate as he becomes entangled in a web of his own making.  

Hollow Triumph, Inc.  Producer: Paul Henreid.  Based on the novel Hollow Triumph by Murray Forbes.  Screenwriter: Daniel Fuchs.  Cinematographer: John Alton.  Editor: Fred Allen.  Cast: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks, John Qualen.

35mm, b/w, 83 min. 

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