While the City Sleeps

While the City Sleeps

By Fritz Lang

  • Genre: Fritz Lang
  • Release Date: 1956-05-30
  • Advisory Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Director: Fritz Lang
  • Production Company: Bert E. Friedlob Productions
  • iTunes Price: GBP 7.99
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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 – if 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.