MORE INFORMATION ON DARK CITY:


Country of origin: U.S.
Genre: Thriller
Color or b/w: Black & White
Production Co(s).: Paramount
Released By: Paramount
MPAA rating: NR
Parental rating: Acceptable for children
Running time: 97


CAST: 


Charlton Heston-Danny Haley
Lizabeth Scott -Fran
Viveca Lindfors -Victoria Winant
Dean Jagger -Capt. Garvey
Don DeFore -Arthur Winant
Jack Webb -Augie
Ed Begley -Barney
Harry Morgan-Soldier
Walter Sande-Swede
Mark Keuning -Billy Winant
Mike Mazurki -Sidney Winant
Stanley Prager -Sammy
Walter Burke -Bartender
Byron Foulger-Motel Manager
Ralph Peters -Proprietor
Greta Granstedt -Margie
Stan Johnson -Room Clerk
Otto Waldis -Benowski
John Bishop-Fielding
Sally Corner -Woman
Mike Mahoney -Cashier
Jimmie Dundee -Detective
Dewey Robinson -Gambler
Jeffrey Sayre -Gambler
Bill Sheehan -Gambler
Robin Camp -Boy
Jack Carroll-Pianist
Bill Cartledge -Bellhop
Edward Rose -Shoeshine Boy
Fred Aldrich-Civilian Detective
Owen Tyree-Desk Clerk
Franz Roehn -Photographer
Jay Morley -MacDonald
Mike Pat Donovan -Sergeant 


This was Charlton Heston's first professional film.  Hal Wallis saw him on one of his many TV roles, which he did between 1948-1950. Wallis liked what he saw and signed Chuck to a contract. Thus began Chuck's long acting career which has made movie history. 

DARK CITY is a slick and well photographed movie. There is a strong sense of the lurking psychopathic menance throughout this film.




SYNOPSIS

Heston (Danny Haley ) leads a group of con men who fleece businessman Don DeFore (Arthur Winant ) in a rigged poker game. DeFore loses money that isn't his and pays for his guilt by hanging himself. His psychotic brother, Mazurki, begins to hound the four gamblers, intent on killing them for what they did to DeFore. Heston's girl friend is Lizabeth Scott (-Fran ), in one of her better roles, as a night club singer. Heston doesn't have any idea who the killer is, so he goes to Los Angeles to visit DeFore's widow-Viveca Lindfors (Victoria}  and get some sort of line on Mazurki, who is rapidly knocking off Heston's compatriots, ably played by Ed Begley, Jack Webb, and Harry Morgan (who were to make TV history on the other side of the law with "Dragnet"). Jagger is a dogged cop on the trail of Mazurki, and it's a toss-up who will get to whom first. Heston, despite his predicament, is not a very lovable guy, nor are his confederates.

DARK CITY is a well-done film with enough suspense to keep us on the edge. Five songs are included to break up the criminality: "If I Didn't Have You" (Jack Elliott, Harold Spina), "That Old Black Magic" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer), "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" (Frank Loesser), "I'm in the Mood for Love" (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields), "Letter From A Lady In Love."

Chuck is not particularly charitable about his first film, DARK CITY. "It's a special film, of course, but I don't think DARK CITY is a good film," Chuck says. "It's not nearly as good a film as TOUCH OF EVIL. It's the kind of film that' s not made today. It's like 'THE MOVIE OF THE WEEK'- strictly a television movie. It has some interesting performances and is a competent enough suspense film, but in no way remarkable. It's never been clear to me why the impact I made in it was sufficient to boost my career. This is something an actor always has to consider. After your've done six or seven films, you can survive a mediocre one. But when a mediocre one is your first film, it's a little dicy."




MY COMMENTS:

If Chuck feels that this first attempt at film making was a "mediocre" preformance then I have to totally disagree with him. He did this role wonderfully. He played the part of 'Danny' as a dis-likeable character with a  non-chalance attitude, which was needed for this role. Chuck portrayed this character perfectly. I think as a first film/role Chuck did a great job. No wonder 'Hollywood' and his peers in the theatrical world respect him and his works.

This was the beginning for Chuck in a long and highly respected career as one of 'Hollywood's' major motion pictures star.
CREDITS:


Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: William Dieterle
Writer: Ketti Frings, Larry Marcus , John Meredyth Lucas (based on a story by Marcus)
Cinematographer: Victor Milner
Editor: Warren Low
Music Composer: Franz Waxman
Art Director: Hans Dreier , Franz Bachelin
Set Decorator: Sam Comer , Emile Kuri
Costume Design: Edith Head 

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DIRECTOR: William Dieterle, 1950
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