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He Walked by Night

He Walked by Night (1948)

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Release Date: Nov 24, 1948 Wide

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The "He" of the title is Richard Basehart, a clever but psychopathic burglar (based on real-life criminal Erwin Walker) Basehart stays one step ahead of the law by listening in to the police band on his radio. To avoid detection, he changes his M.O. on each crime, making it seem that the string of burglaries is the work of several thieves. But Basehart trips himself up when he kills a cop. His own personal Waterloo occurs in the Los Angeles sewer system--a stylish predecessor to the similar (and

Dec 2, 2003

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

June 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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

February 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A visual high point of film noir.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

The credits indicate Alfred L. Werker only, but this thriller is of a piece with the noir circle of T-Men and Raw Deal, courtesy of an uncredited Anthony Mann.

May 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Stylishly presented.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.
October 24, 2010
ajv2688

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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.
October 2, 2008
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Stella Dallas

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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
May 19, 2008
kenstachnik

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I saw this a few years ago, but remember not being too impressed. It seemed like a precursor to today's CSI bombardment and even before that, Dragnet. And I'm sure this is no coincidence seeing as how it starred an oddly young Jack Webb. The direction was great, as was the final chase but I don't even need to see it again.
November 6, 2007
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