City That Never Sleeps

USA | 1953 | 90 minutes | John H. Auer

February 17, 2019

Chicago provides the backdrop of this story of a cop, who, tired of the rat race, intends to run off with his stripper girlfriend so they can start fresh, but The City has other plans.

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Cop Johnny Kelly (Gig Young) has had enough of Chicago. He'd run off with his stripper girlfriend Angel Face (Mala Powers) if he could only get his hands on enough scratch to stake them to a new start. Thus begins one long, fantastical night in the Windy City, where saints and sinners collide in pile-up of crimes, and Johnny's dreams and nightmares all come true. This noir oddity is a low-rent masterpiece of B moviemaking, evocatively shot by John L. Russell (Psycho).


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Chef Joshua Henderson of Huxley Wallace Collective presents:

  • Hot Dog Sandwich ($5) - griddled hebrew national dog, butter toasted martins potato roll, ketchup and stone ground mustard
  • Spicy Chicken Sandwich ($8) - spiced fried chicken, martins potato roll, lemon mayo, iceberg lettuce
  • Frito Pie ($6) - juanita's tortilla chips topped with 3 bean chili, cheddar cheese, crema, minced onions

  • Director: John H. Auer
  • Principal Cast: Gig Young, Mala Powers, William Talman, Marie Windsor, Edward Arnold, Wally Cassel, Paula Raymond, Chill Wills
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1953
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: John H. Auer
  • Screenplay: Steve Fisher
  • Cinematographers: John L. Russell
  • Language: English