The New Pictures, Jul. 3, 1950

Night and the City (20th Century-Fox) is a gaudy melodrama showing the misadventures of a double-dealing nightclub tout (Richard Widmark) in London's lower depths. Based on a Gerald Kersh novel and filmed on location, it gets some lurid effects out of a sordid story, murky backgrounds and a gallery of grotesque characters. Unfortunately, the excitement runs down well before the picture does.

A shiftless cheat with toplofty schemes, Widmark sets out to get control of London wrestling. He crosses up several minor characters and every major one, including his girl (Gene Tierney). Then he...

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