'Ask mother' says the message scrawled in lipstick at a murder scene by an unknown serial killer who preys on women. It's a sensational story - it it bleeds, it leads - and a news conglomerate offers a big promotion to the high-level company exec who solves the case. So begins the wheeling, dealing and backstabbing of the competing media hotshots as they vie to unmask the so-called Lipstick Killer. Fritz Lang (The Big Heat), whose early-career expressionist works would strongly influence the film-noir genre, directs this stylistically understated noir that features an abundance of starpower rare for the genre: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino and other notables.

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While the City Sleeps (1956)

Film-Noir/Drama · 1h 39m

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'Ask mother' says the message scrawled in lipstick at a murder scene by an unknown serial killer who preys on women. It's a sensational story - it it bleeds, it leads - and a news conglomerate offers a big promotion to the high-level company exec who solves the case. So begins the wheeling, dealing and backstabbing of the competing media hotshots as they vie to unmask the so-called Lipstick Killer. Fritz Lang (The Big Heat), whose early-career expressionist works would strongly influence the film-noir genre, directs this stylistically understated noir that features an abundance of starpower rare for the genre: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino and other notables.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States
Cast
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Mickey Martin

Bellhop (uncredited)
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Joey Ray

Newspaper Worker (uncredited)
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Cosmo Sardo

Headwaiter (uncredited)
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Charles Sherlock

Detective (uncredited)
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Olan Soule

Crime scene investigator (uncredited)
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Bert Stevens

Newsman (uncredited)
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Carleton Young

Police Interrogator (uncredited)
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Dana Andrews

Edward Mobley
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Rhonda Fleming

Dorothy Kyne
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George Sanders

Mark Loving
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Howard Duff

Lt. Burt Kaufman
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Thomas Mitchell

Jon Day Griffith
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Vincent Price

Walter Kyne
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Sally Forrest

Nancy Liggett
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John Drew Barrymore

Robert Manners (as John Barrymore Jr.)
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James Craig

'Honest' Harry Kritzer
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Ida Lupino

Mildred Donner
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Robert Warwick

Amos Kyne
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Mae Marsh

Mrs. Manners
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Ralph Peters

Gerald Meade
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Sandra White

Judith Felton (as Sandy White)
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Larry J. Blake

Tim - Police Desk Sergeant (as Larry Blake)
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Celia Lovsky

Miss Dodd
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Ed Hinton

Mike O'Leary (as Edward Hinton)
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Pitt Herbert

Carlo - Bartender at the Dell
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Vladimir Sokoloff

George 'Pop' Pilski
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David Andrews

Bar Pianist (uncredited)
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Eddie Baker

Newspaper Worker (uncredited)
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Ralph Brooks

Waiter (uncredited)
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Leonard Carey

Steven - Walter's Butler (uncredited)
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Russell Custer

Police Officer (uncredited)
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John Damler

Police Detective (uncredited)
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Sayre Dearing

Photographer (uncredited)
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George DeNormand

Police Squad Car Driver (uncredited)
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Joe Devlin

Newspaper Teletype Operator (uncredited)
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Sam Finn

Newspaper Worker (uncredited)
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Mike Lally

Bartender in Biscayne's Cocktail Bar (uncredited)
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Andrew Lupino

Jim Leary (uncredited)
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Ralph Manza

Newsroom Man (uncredited)
Crew
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Fritz Lang

Director
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Casey Robinson

Writer
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Charles Einstein

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

While the City Sleeps

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/29/2011

Disc Title Front Cover

While the City Sleeps

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

5/20/2016

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