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. The plot revolves around the aspirations of three newsmen--Mitchell, Sanders,
and Craig--each in line for the job of editor-in-chief of a New York tabloid called The Sentinel
. Upon the death of newspaper owner Robert Warwick, his manipulative, dilettante son Price takes charge. The city is being terrorized by a sex murderer known as "The Lipstick Killer" (played with
conventional dementia by Barrymore), a mama's boy who preys on beautiful women at nig...