The Sleeping City (1950)

84-85 mins | Drama | 6 September 1950

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HISTORY

The film's working titles were Confidential Squad and Web of the City . Richard Conte and Coleen Gray were borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox for this film. In an onscreen introduction, actor Richard Conte explains that although the picture was filmed in the facilities of New York City's Bellevue Hospital, the story is fiction. He then supplies some information about the medical facility and salutes the doctors and nurses who work there. According to contemporary news items, the foreword was added after New York mayor William O'Dwyer complained that the studio had broken an agreement not to mention Bellevue in publicity material and that the city-operated hospital was pictured unfavorably. On 8 Sep 1950, HR reported that The Sleeping City won a Certificate of Civic Merit from New York City for making a "significant contribution to the civic, cultural and commercial advancement of the City of New ... More Less

The film's working titles were Confidential Squad and Web of the City . Richard Conte and Coleen Gray were borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox for this film. In an onscreen introduction, actor Richard Conte explains that although the picture was filmed in the facilities of New York City's Bellevue Hospital, the story is fiction. He then supplies some information about the medical facility and salutes the doctors and nurses who work there. According to contemporary news items, the foreword was added after New York mayor William O'Dwyer complained that the studio had broken an agreement not to mention Bellevue in publicity material and that the city-operated hospital was pictured unfavorably. On 8 Sep 1950, HR reported that The Sleeping City won a Certificate of Civic Merit from New York City for making a "significant contribution to the civic, cultural and commercial advancement of the City of New York." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Sep 1950.
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Daily Variety
7 Jun 1950.
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Daily Variety
6 Sep 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Sep 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 49
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 49
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Oct 49
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 49
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Sep 50
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Sep 1950.
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Los Angeles Daily News
3 Oct 49
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Sep 1950.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Sep 50
p. 477.
New York Times
30 Oct 1949.
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New York Times
21 Sep 50
p. 20.
Variety
6 Sep 50
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Confidential Squad
Web of the City
Release Date:
6 September 1950
Production Date:
late October--late November 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
31 August 1950
Copyright Number:
LP362
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84-85
Length(in feet):
7,558
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14376
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Young intern Dr. Foster arrives at New York's Bellevue Hospital with an ambulance. Although ward nurse Ann Sebastian has left a message asking him to contact her, he goes outside for a cigarette. While he walks along the river, however, he is shot in the head. During the subsequent police investigation, Foster's roommate tells Inspector Gordon that Foster had seemed worried and jumpy. Gordon also questions Ann, who can add nothing. When Gordon is unable to find Foster's killer, he brings in Fred Rowan to work undercover. Using the name Fred Gilbert, Fred, who has some medical experience, poses as an intern. After strict questioning by the head of the hospital, Fred joins the other new interns on a tour given by Dr. Alex Connell, who advises them to depend on the ward nurses for support. He then introduces Fred to Ann, with whom he will be working. Fred is assigned to room with Steve Anderson, a resentful young doctor, who is in love with Kathy Hall, a student nurse. Over the next few days, Fred learns that many of the interns are bitter about their jobs and lives. They are badly paid and thus cannot save enough to buy a private practice. Pop Ware, the elevator operator, tells Fred that he often places racing bets for the doctors, and Fred learns that many of them are deeply in debt to Pop. One day, finding Anderson overwrought, Fred advises him to marry Kathy and try to find happiness, but Anderson dismisses his advice. Meanwhile, Fred befriends Ann. When Fred gets off duty, he encounters Anderson, who reveals that he ... +


Young intern Dr. Foster arrives at New York's Bellevue Hospital with an ambulance. Although ward nurse Ann Sebastian has left a message asking him to contact her, he goes outside for a cigarette. While he walks along the river, however, he is shot in the head. During the subsequent police investigation, Foster's roommate tells Inspector Gordon that Foster had seemed worried and jumpy. Gordon also questions Ann, who can add nothing. When Gordon is unable to find Foster's killer, he brings in Fred Rowan to work undercover. Using the name Fred Gilbert, Fred, who has some medical experience, poses as an intern. After strict questioning by the head of the hospital, Fred joins the other new interns on a tour given by Dr. Alex Connell, who advises them to depend on the ward nurses for support. He then introduces Fred to Ann, with whom he will be working. Fred is assigned to room with Steve Anderson, a resentful young doctor, who is in love with Kathy Hall, a student nurse. Over the next few days, Fred learns that many of the interns are bitter about their jobs and lives. They are badly paid and thus cannot save enough to buy a private practice. Pop Ware, the elevator operator, tells Fred that he often places racing bets for the doctors, and Fred learns that many of them are deeply in debt to Pop. One day, finding Anderson overwrought, Fred advises him to marry Kathy and try to find happiness, but Anderson dismisses his advice. Meanwhile, Fred befriends Ann. When Fred gets off duty, he encounters Anderson, who reveals that he is getting married and leaving medicine for good. Fred asks Anderson to wait until they can talk about his decision, but when he later returns to their room, he discovers Anderson dead. At first, Fred is held as a murder suspect, but he is cleared when Kathy shows the police a suicide note that had been slipped under her door. Fred now believes that Pop is the key to the mystery and decides to place some bets with him. As his debt increases, Pop pressures Fred to pay him off. When Fred replies that he has no money to meet his debts, Pop threatens him by hinting that he had Foster killed and drove Anderson to suicide. Pop then suggests that Fred steal some drugs. Eventually, Fred realizes that Ann has been stealing drugs by withholding them from patients after they are prescribed for pain. Fred approaches her with Pop's suggestion, and she devises a plan for supplying him with drugs. When Fred delivers them to Pop, he increases his demand. Soon, Fred discovers that Ann, not Pop, delivers the drugs to the purchaser, whose front is a toy store. To precipitate a reaction, Fred tells Pop he will no longer steal drugs. Pop then comes after him with a gun, and Fred kills him in self-defense. Fred then arrests Ann, who tells him she needed the money from the sale of the drugs to help support her sister's sick child. +

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