Union City (1980)
Director: Marcus Reichert
Writers: Cornell Woolrich (short story “The Corpse Next Door”), Marcus Reichert (as Mark Reichert)
Cinematography: Edward Lachman
Stars: Dennis Lipscomb, Everett McGill, Sam McMurray, Debbie Harry
Union City (1980) Debbie Harry and Everett McGill
Debbie Harry and Everett McGill
The film was made and released about forty-three years after its source short story
“The Corpse Next Door” by Cornell Woolrich had been first published in 1937.
“Before Twin Peaks (1990) there was Union City (1980)”
Debut leading role in a cinema movie for Debbie Harry.
“I refused to call Deborah Harry anything but that. Everyone called her Debbie. I said, I won’t have
a Debbie in my film. She laughed, and we got on fine together. Now she’s universally Deborah.
At the time, Blondie wasn’t known in the States – Heart Of Glass only hit number one while we
were filming. I’d already spent some time here in the UK and I knew she was worth taking a
chance on. She put her soul into her screen test and it was very moving. Obviously, she had
an edge, and she wasn’t afraid to appear ridiculous or ugly. For a beautiful woman in cinema
this is absolutely essential. I wrote the screenplay in November and we were filming in March.
It all happened that fast.”
Deborah Harry Screen Test – Union City
Blondie – Union City Blue, 1979