While the City Sleeps
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When media mogul Amos Kyne (Robert Warwick) dies, his business, which includes a major newspaper, a television station, and a wire news service, is turned over to his sole heir, his foppish, ne'er do well son (Vincent Price). The younger Kyne has no knowledge of how to run the company his father built, preferring to spend his time spending the money that it generates, and he decides to let the heads of the three divisions -- newspaper editor John Day Griffith (Thomas Mitchell), wire service chief Mark Loving (George Sanders), and photo chief Harry Kritzer (James Craig) -- fight it out… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The story is a cynical twist on Lang's famous M."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Lang's most underrated movie."
‑ Steve Jenkins, Time Out
"This thriller about the battle for control of a newspaper is quite intriguing and boasts a starry cast."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"One of Fritz Lang's last and best American film noir, the plot is complex and involving, and the visual style clear and extremely effective"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"More a social commentary than a straight crime drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Plot intricacies are deftly interwoven, with director Fritz Lang doing a topflight job of balancing the ingredients without dragging the pace."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Dour, disillusioned stuff -- easy to admire, harder to love."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Although you could run a horse and carriage through the plot, the dialogue isn't bad."
‑ Miranda Kiek, Independent
"It may not be in the same league as Metropolis, M or The Big Heat, but there are enough interesting elements to make it worthy of rediscovery."
‑ Matt McAllister, Future Movies UK
"Good Lang noir."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"While this journalistic jamboree is more flamboyant than probable, a tight and sophisticated script by Casey Robinson and a clutch of professional performances make While the City Sleeps a diverting and workmanlike fiction."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Lang's finest film since The Big Heat and his last great success, While the City Sleeps is a crime drama sending its lead actors on a twisted, dog-eat-dog journey into the underworld in their quest for success."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Harsh, leering, implausible and fascinating -- it's the type of yarn that might have been dramatized in 'The Strangler,' the fictional dime horror comic that is the favorite reading matter of the story's over-aged j.d. 'mama's boy' murderer."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Inventive as both a crime thriller, and a look at the omnipresent modern media."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Lang, the master of this kind of material, crafts a gripping, fast-moving neo-noir -- one of the best films of his late period."
‑ , Film4
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