Noir City: Hollywood returns to the Egyptian Theatre for 10 nights of classic noir hosted by the “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller and Film Noir Foundation’s Alan K. Rode. Tonight’s double-feature consists of two 1953 films, “City That Never Sleeps” directed by John H. Auer and written by Steve Fisher, and Phil Karlson’s “99 River Street.”
The former is narrated by the city of Chicago itself and features a cast of B-list stars including Gig Young, Mala Powers, Edward Arnold, William Talman, Marie Windsor and Wally Cassell as the mechanical man. The film revolves around a cop navigating some very colorful and sinister suspects.
A crime drama replete with violence, “99 River Street” takes place entirely at night. The film follows an aspiring actress (Evelyn Keyes) and a washed-up boxer (John Payne) framed for the murder of his duplicitous wife (Peggie Castle) as they pursue the real killer.