He Walked by Night

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A diabolically clever electronics expert commits a series of robberies, kills a cop, and anticipates police moves by eavesdropping on their radio frequencies. This well-made film noir includes an exciting chase through the underground storm drains beneath Los Angeles. The semi-documentary style of the film influenced Jack Webb's Dragnet series.

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Richard Basehart
as Davis Morgan
Scott Brady
as Sgt. Marty Brennan
Roy Roberts
as Capt. Breen
James B. Cardwell
as Chuck Jones
Robert Bice
as Det. Steno
John McGuire
as Rawlins
Lyle Latell
as Sergeant
Jack Bailey
as Pajama Top
Michael Dugan
as Patrolman
Garrett Craig
as Patrolman
Bert Moorhouse
as Detective
Kenneth Tobey
as Detective
Doyle Manor
as Detective
Jim Nolan
as Detective
Rory Mallinson
as Detective
Bernard Suss
as Business Suspect
George Chan
as Chinese Suspect
George Goodman
as Fighter Suspect
Louise Kane
as Mrs. Rawlins
Florence Stephens
as Receptionist
Harry Harvey
as Det. Prouty
Virginia Hunter
as Miss Smith
Ruth Robinson
as Mrs. Rapport
Alma Beltran
as Miss Montalvo
Paul Fierro
as Mexican Detective
Jane Adams
as Nurse Scanlon
John Dehner
as Asst. Chief
Felice Ingersoll
as Record Clerk
Wally Vernon
as Postman
Dorothy Adams
as Housewife
Dick Mason
as Mailman
Donald Kerr
as Mailman
Charles Lang
as Policeman
Mary Ware
as Dolores
Ann Doran
as Woman Dispatcher
Harlan Warde
as C.B. Officer
Frank Cady
as Suspect
Charles Meredith
as Desk Sergeant
Tim Graham
as Uniformed Sergeant
Billy Mauch
as Young Man
John Perri
as Young Man
Tommy Kelly
as Young Man
Rex Downing
as Young Man
Reed Hadley
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for He Walked by Night

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Audience Reviews for He Walked by Night

  • May 18, 2017
    Film Noir lovers will find lots to appreciate in this overlooked gem. The cinematography is especially good and worthy of your viewing if you are a fan of the genre. The story holds together well, although the voiceover narration is annoying and unnecessary. If you're a fan of Dragnet, you'll like spotting Jack Webb in the film. In fact, this picture was the inspiration for that TV classic.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2010
    Sort of an interesting story, but the movie feels very average, and the cast has no real stars.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2008
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2007
    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.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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