He Walked by Night (1948)

He Walked by Night


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Movie Info

In this film noir, Richard Basehart stars as a clever but psychopathic burglar. Basehart stays one step ahead of the law by listening to the police band on his radio. To avoid detection, he changes his M.O. on each crime. However, Basehart trips himself up when he kills a cop.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: , , , , , , ,
Written By: Crane Wilbur, John C. Higgins, Harry J. Essex, Beck Murray
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On DVD: Dec 2, 2003



as Davis Morgan

as Sgt. Marty Brennan

as Capt. Breen

as Reeves

as Chuck Jones

as Det. Steno

as Rawlins

as Sergeant

as Pajama Top

as Narrator

as Patrolman

as Patrolman

as Detective

as Detective

as Detective

as Detective

as Detective

as Business Suspect

as Chinese Suspect

as Fighter Suspect

as Mrs. Rawlins

as Receptionist

as Det. Prouty

as Miss Smith

as Mrs. Rapport

as Miss Montalvo

as Mexican Detective

as Nurse Scanlon

as Asst. Chief

as Record Clerk

as Postman

as Housewife

as Mailman

as Mailman

as Policeman

as Dolores

as Woman Dispatcher

as C.B. Officer

as Suspect

as Desk Sergeant

as Uniformed Sergeant

as Young Man

as Young Man

as Young Man

as Young Man
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Critic Reviews for He Walked by Night

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

May 30, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is one of my favorite films noir, made on the cheap at Eagle-Lion Films.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

One of the most nasty-minded, brutal dramas in a genre noted for - practically defined by - its overwhelming nihilism.

Full Review… | February 8, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

A visual high point of film noir.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for He Walked by Night


Sort of an interesting story, but the movie feels very average, and the cast has no real stars.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

decent documentary style noir with annoying voiceover narration. ends with a cool chase through the sewers of l.a. pre-dragnet jack webb looks goofy.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

An early police procedural that was the template for Dragnet. Although this picture is said to be directed by Alfred Werkler it's actually a early directorial project by Anthony Mann.

Worth seeing just for the final chase through the sewers of LA

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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