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Night People (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Mystery | 14 May 1954 (Sweden)
During the Cold War, an American soldier is abducted in West Berlin, sparking a recovery effort led by Colonel Steve Van Dyke.

Director:

Nunnally Johnson

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Jed Harris (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Col. Steve Van Dyke
Broderick Crawford ... Charles Leatherby
Anita Björk ... 'Hoffy' Hoffmeier
Rita Gam ... Ricky Cates
Walter Abel ... Maj. R.A. Foster, MD
Buddy Ebsen ... Sgt. Eddie McColloch
Max Showalter ... Frederick S. Hobart (as Casey Adams)
Jill Esmond ... Frau Schindler
Peter van Eyck ... Sergei 'Petey' Petrochine
Marianne Koch ... Kathy Gerhardt
Ted Avery Ted Avery ... Cpl. John J. Leatherby
Hugh McDermott ... Maj. Burns
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Eddie Whitby
John Horsley ... Lt. Col. Stanways
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Norman Lakeland
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Storyline

Post WWII yarn about a young GI abducted by the Soviets in West Berlin and hauled off to the East. His recovery gets complicated as Colonel Steve Van Dyke (Peck) tries to sort out the usefulness of informants, spies, bureaucrats, and the abductee's influential father (Crawford)! Written by Corey Hatch

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

CinemaScope Captures the Headline-Hot Story of Cold-War Berlin and One Tough, Rugged, Two-Fisted American Who Fought Blonde Bait and Hidden Fire in a One-Man War...To Bring a Kidnapped G.I. Back, Alive! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 May 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cannibals See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scenes where Gregory Peck and Buddy Ebsen ride up and down on the "People dumb waiter" were not shot in Berlin, but in Frankfurt. It's located in the old IG Farben building that used to be the 5th Corps Headquarters. See more »

Goofs

When Van Dyke hands Hoffy the poisoned drink, he is grasping the top of the glass. The scene cuts to a different view, and Van Dyke is grasping the bottom of the glass. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cpl. John J. Leatherby: [as he sneaks up behind Kathy as she's trying to playfully hide from him behind a street sign] Getting kinda cute, huh?
[she laughs]
Cpl. John J. Leatherby: How are ya?
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Crazy Credits

For the first time ever, the CinemaScope logo ("Twentieth Century-Fox presents A CinemaScope Production") is not shown until about five minutes into the film, after the opening sequence. See more »


Soundtracks

Zum Abschied reich'ich dir die Hände
(uncredited)
Music by Karl Bette
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Everything is all right except the story
2 November 1999 | by piapiaSee all my reviews

This is an extremely well done motion picture. The first directorial job of longtime writer Nunnally Johnson revealed a fine talent which created suspense and captures the audience minds without resorting to chases and explosions. Everything happens indoors, and it is question of brains not of fists.

A magnificent job by Broderick Crawford and Gregory Peck, and a well done investigation into cold war minds, all about the kidnapping by the Russians of an U.S.Corporal in Berlin, in order to exchange him for a couple of elderly Germans wanted supposedly by former Nazis in the service of the Soviets. Everything works wonderfully, until one asks why didn't the Russians kidnap the couple in the first place and save all the trouble.

Curiously, this was nominated to an Oscar for best original story... It lost, and the award went to Philip Yordan for Broken Lance, which was based not on an original story but in the screenplay Yordan had written in 1949 for House of Strangers, from a story by Jerome Weidman.


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