While the City Sleeps
While the City Sleeps (1955)

The "lipstick killer", a serial murderer who leaves the cryptic message "Ask Mother" at the crime scenes, is at large in the Big City. Vincent Price, the wastrelly inheritor of a major newspaper chain, offers a large… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1955
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The story is a cynical twist on Lang's famous M.

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Steve Jenkins
Time Out

Lang's most underrated movie.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

This thriller about the battle for control of a newspaper is quite intriguing and boasts a starry cast.

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Variety Staff

Plot intricacies are deftly interwoven, with director Fritz Lang doing a topflight job of balancing the ingredients without dragging the pace.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Dour, disillusioned stuff -- easy to admire, harder to love.

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Miranda Kiek
Independent (UK)

Although you could run a horse and carriage through the plot, the dialogue isn't bad.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
While the City Sleeps is a decent Fritz Lang movie that for the most part manages to blend a murder mystery with a movie about the newspaper business. Vincent… More
Ed Fucking Harris
A pretty decent film noir from Fritz Lang. While not nearly as massive a film as say M or Metropolis, this is still a very well done film, even if it isn't… More
Walter M.
In "While the City Sleeps," Edward Mobley(Dana Andrews) is left with the tough job of having to announce the death of Amos Kyne(Robert Warwick), the… More
Marcus Woolcott
Makes a fantastic companion piece to Lumet's Network