Girl of the Night is a 1960 American drama film directed by Joseph Cates [fr] and starring Anne Francis.[1] It is based on the best-selling 1958 book The Call Girl by Harold Greenwald.[2]

Girl of the Night
Directed byJoseph Cates
Written byTed Berkman
Raphael Blau
Based onThe Call Girl
by Harold Greenwald
Produced byMax Rosenberg
StarringAnne Francis
Lloyd Nolan
Kay Medford
John Kerr
Arthur Storch
CinematographyJoseph C. Brun
Edited byAram Avakian
Music bySol Kaplan
Vanguard Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 11, 1960 (1960-11-11)
Running time
93 mins.
CountryUnited States



A taxi driver picks up a woman running through the streets. Her name is Robin "Bobbie" Williams and, because she appears to be injured, she is taken to see a Dr. Mitchell in her apartment building, even though he is a psychologist.

Reluctantly, she reveals to Dr. Mitchell that she is a high-priced call girl. Bobbie agrees to a few sessions with the doctor and tells her story.

Her boyfriend, a man named Larry Taylor, was supposed to be protecting Bobbie on a job. Instead he sat in a bar, flirting with a young woman named Lisa, while an elderly john named Shelton repeatedly struck Bobbie with a cane.

Rowena Claiborne, who arranges "dates" for the prostitutes, persuades Lisa to join Bobbie on a night out with two wealthy clients. One of the men, Jason Franklin, claims to be offended when he discovers that these women are hookers. He intimidates Lisa, who recoils from him and falls through a window to her death.

Rather than sympathize, Larry is angry at Bobbie for costing them future earnings with Rowena. He physically assaults her. Bobbie is ashamed of her life and finds a job as a file clerk, hoping that no one in her office will discover the truth about her past.




  1. ^ Crowther, Bosley (12 November 1960). "Screen: 'Girl of the Night':Anne Francis Stars in Feature at Criterion". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  2. ^ Ravo, Nick (2 April 1999). "Harold Greenwald, 88, Expert On Psychology of Prostitutes". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2014.