Night and the City

Synopsis: Harry Fabian is a London hustler with ambitious plans that never work out. One day, when he encounters the most famous Greco-Roman wrestler in the world, Gregorius, at a London wrestling arena run by his son Kristo, he dreams up a scheme that he thinks will finally be his ticket to financial independence. As Fabian attempts to con everyone around him to get his scheme to work, he of course only ends up conning himself. This is an interesting tale of blind ambition, self-deception, broken dreams, and how a man who always thinks he's ahead of the game ends up tripping himself very badly.
Director(s): Jules Dassin
Production: Criterion Collection
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

reproducing it.

- It's very good.

- Of course.


You're very clever,


I am about

unimportant things.

Help yourself.

Thanks, Adam.

I happen to need this right now for-

- Well, I didn't expect them to deliver the--

- Sure.

Harry's back.

You knew that,

didn't you?

These walls. Just one big, happy family.

He gets so excited,

almost like a child.

But anyone has to fight

not to get pulled in by his excitement.

- His ideas always have so much imagination.

- I know.

- Harry's an artist without an art.

- What does that mean?

Well, that's something that'd

make a man very unhappy, Mary-

groping for the right lever,

the means with which to express himself.

Yes, he is that,

isn't he?

I like that, Adam.

It's a very nice thought.

Yes, but it

can be dangerous.

Oh. No, you don't.

Not again.

Every time you talk, you mix me up so

I can't think straight for a week.

- Thanks, Adam.

- Anything.


- Hi, hi, Harry!

- Evening, Maggie!

Can't win, boys!

Watch it!

Evening, boys.

- How's Fabian's stocks and shares, Harry?

- Never mind!

- When are you gonna open up your Paris office, Harry?

- Ehh!

- Lovely flowers!

- Evening, Molly, my girl!

Hello, Harry.

How are you?

Well, you're sober.

Trade must be slow.



- You need a fresh carnation.

- Thanks, Molly. Put it on my account.

- That's all right, my dear. I'll trust you.

- There you are, Bert.

Bless you, Harry. Half a crown!

Don't mention it.

If you girls want to work for my husband,

you've got to start offi on the right foot.

You must understand the rules--

what he'll stand for and what he won't.

First, no stealing from the gentlemen

while you're in the club.

What you do outside

is none of his business...

but in here we take it from them legitimate

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Jo Eisinger

Jo Eisinger (1909 - 1991) was a film and television writer whose career spanned more than forty years from the early forties well into the eighties. He is widely recognized as the writer of two of the most psychologically complex film noirs: Gilda (1946) and Night and the City (1950). His credits also include The Sleeping City (1950) and Crime of Passion (1957), a coda to the films of the noir style, for which he wrote the story as well as the screenplay. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, it is a strikingly modern commentary about how women were driven mad by the limitations imposed upon them in the postwar period. Jo Eisinger started writing for radio penning numerous segments for the Adventures of Sam Spade series. He returned to thriller and private eye adventure series writing for the ITC television series Danger Man (1960–61) and the mid-1980s HBO series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye. His script for an episode of the latter show, "The Pencil", earned him a 1984 Edgar Award. Eisinger's credits also include several films that departed from his accustomed genres of mystery, adventure and crime. Among them are Oscar Wilde (1960), starring Robert Morley and Sir Ralph Richardson, The Rover (L'Avventuriero, 1967), from the novel by Joseph Conrad and starring Rita Hayworth and Anthony Quinn, and The Jigsaw Man (1983), starring Laurence Olivier and directed by Terence Young. Eisinger wrote the books on which the Broadway plays What Big Ears! (1942) and A Point of Honor (1937) were based. His novel The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1943) was adapted for the long-running radio drama program Suspense in 1944; the episode featured screen and radio actors Keenan Wynn and Hans Conried. A film version of The Walls Came Tumbling Down starring Edgar Buchanan and George Macready was released in 1946. Jo Eisinger's second marriage was to Lorain Beaumont. Eisinger used his wife's maiden name for Mr. Beaumont, one of the characters in The Walls Came Tumbling Down. more…

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