Guilty paranoia in a gritty 1950’s industrial town. An accountant, living a repressed life, becomes so obsessed with the person who is stealing his morning milk that he commits an act of irrational violence. His beautiful wife, meanwhile, is making plans of her own.
Director: Marcus Reichert.
Writers: Cornell Woolrich (short story “The Corpse Next Door”), Marcus Reichert (as Mark Reichert).
Stars: Sam McMurray, Dennis Lipscomb, Terry Walsh, Cynthia Crisp, Taylor Mead, Charles Rydell, Debbie Harry (as Deborah Harry), Sally MacLeod, Irina Maleeva, Terina Lewis, Everett McGill, Wolfgang Zilzer, Arthur McFarland, CCH Pounder.
The first neo noir and increasingly considered a groundbreaking classic (now distributed by MGM), Union City was undoubtedly way ahead of its time. As Everett McGill said: “Before Twin Peaks there was Union City.” Later to be known international as “Big Ed” Hurley in the Mark Frost/David Lynch series, McGill was virtually unknown when Marcus Reichert cast him as Larry Longacre, superintendent of the apartment building in which Debbie Harry’s character Lillian lives and her secret lover. Neither was Debbie Harry known outside of Lower Manhattan — with a small but dedicated following in London — when she screen tested for what is surely her finest film performance.