City That Never Sleeps

Synopsis: Chicago cop Johnny Kelly, dissatisfied with his job and marriage, would like to run away with his stripper girlfriend Angel Face, but keeps getting cold feet. During one crowded night, Angel Face decides she's had enough vacillation, and crooked lawyer Biddel has an illegal mission for Johnny that could put him in a financial position to act. But other, conflicting schemes are also in progress...
Director(s): John H. Auer
Production: Republic
90 min

I am the city.

Above and part of America.

Melting pot of every race, creed, color

and religion in humanity.

From my famous stockyards

to my towering factories.

From my tenement district

to swank Lakeshore Drive.

I am the voice, the heartbeat of this

giant sprawling sordid and beautiful

Poor and magnificent

citadel of civilization.

And this is the story.

Just one night in this great city.

Now meet my citizens.

This one is Gregg Warren.

A mechanical man working in a window.

Once he was an actor.

Now he's down to this.

and here comes Johnny Kelly

also one of my citizens

A man who tonight has

reached a crisis in his life.

He came here at this

early evening hour to see

Sally Connors, free, wise and 21.

She has the face of an angel.

And a young university professor

once mistook her for one.

But when he discovered her profession,

dancing in a nightclub his love stopped.

And suddenly he stopped living.

Move it, buster.

-Oh, Johnny, it's you.

-Yeah, hey.

-Why don't you go up and park it?

-I will.

This early show's a drag.

You're telling me.

There weren't more than a dozen

couples up.


And now folks another

lovely young lady...

-Hi, Angel.

-...beautiful and direct from Paris...

...well known to discriminating

audiences all over Chicago...

...the exquisite, the graceful

and voluptuous...

...Agnes Dubois

Well, here goes nothing.

-What brings you here at this hour?

-You. I wanted to talk to you

What about, sweetie?

Well, what about, sweetie?


About us.


It's Kathy again.


It's pretty wry.

-I can't seem to...

-So you're getting cold feet.

It's a big move to make.

You said yourself

it's what we both wanted.

You said the way things are now

you felt smothered.

-I do.

-And so do I.

When I was younger,

when this whole tired cockeyed world

was younger I was going to be

a pretty shining star

in ballet slippers.

Now I've been ground down to this.

Four shows night after night.

Sweat, more sweat, leering eyes.

I'm just like you.

I'm suffocated.


You've talked about California... in the sun under the great big

crazy sky.

Honey, I guess I do want that

for us but I...

But you're sunk in your rut

and you'll never get out.

Did you know I've given my notice here?

You can cancel it, can't you?


They've already hired a replacement.

Honey, I...

I'm sorry. Sometimes I think it's right

and sometimes...

Forget it.

What do you intend to do?

Go away with Gregg.

That mechanical robot out in the window?

You're backing out on me.

What do you want me to do?

Crawl into a deep freeze?

You talk so big. We made such plans.

Never mind, Johnny.

Get this goodbye over quickly.

Come here, Johnny.

I've been there.

And this is another one of my citizens.

No, not him.

Not the little fellow.


Hayes Stewart.

He started out in his youth

to become a magician.

Magic is still his hobby.

Hayes became so talented

with his fingers.

His hand was so much quicker

than the eye.

His greed so much greater

than his conscience,

that he began picking people's pockets.

And his career as a hoodlum

went on from there.

And here is my most brilliant

criminal attorney

Being interviewed by the press as he

stands beside his lovely wife, Lydia.

A man who in the eyes of the world,

was the ultimate in success and

fortune and good living.

-I'll get it, darling.

-I'll get it, my dear.

You stay here to charm

the gentlemen of the press.

Will you excuse me a moment?


Yes, this is Penrod Biddel.

No, not this evening.

Nothing that can't be interrupted.

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Steve Fisher

Stephen Louis Fisher (born March 24, 1945) is a retired American basketball coach. Fisher has served as the head coach at the University of Michigan, where he won the national championship in 1989, and was an assistant at Michigan, Western Michigan University, and the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. From 1999 to 2017, Fisher was head coach at San Diego State. Fisher attended Illinois State University, where he helped lead the Redbirds to the Final Four of the 1967 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament. more…

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