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He Walked by Night (1948)

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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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Cast

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

All Critics (6)

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

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.

Full Review… | May 1, 2006
Slant Magazine

Stylishly presented.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
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Audience Reviews for He Walked by Night

½

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

Aj V
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
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
Ken Stachnik

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