He Walked by Night

1948

Crime / Film-Noir / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 61%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 3811

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Cast

John Dehner as Assistant Bureau Chief
Richard Basehart as Roy Martin / Roy Morgan
Jack Webb as Lee Whitey
Frank Cady as Pete Hammond
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548.55 MB
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23.976 fps
1hr 19 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 19 min
P/S 6 / 51

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by clanciai 9 / 10

"He was such a nice-looking guy."

A very intriguing thriller built on the best possible foundation of a true story. Richard Baseheart is always an interesting actor specializing in odd roles, such as The Fool in Fellini's "La strada", and he adds an extra whiff of interest by deeply sympathetic originality to his roles, and this is one of his best - a total outsider who stalks his own life in darkness without scruples, turning into a very cold-blooded and technically advanced murderer, giving the police a hard time to even get him defined.

In addition the film is carefully built up with architectural finesse, as the tension never relaxes but constantly is augmented, leading to a towering finale of suspense in the tunnels. Yes, this points forward to "The Third Man", and the question is if Carol Reed saw this film first. If he did, "The Third Man" makes it even better.

It is very dark, a truly noir film at its best, I had no expectations seeing it but was deeply impressed, especially by Richard Baseheart's extremely unpleasant but at the same time very tragic role amounting to greatness.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 8 / 10

One for Alton fans!

"He Walked By Night" (1948) fully deserves its good reputation as a classic noir, thanks mainly to its chilling performance by Richard Basehart and a great deal of atmospherically low-key location filming in Los Angeles by ace cameraman, John Alton.

"He Walked by Night" is also one of Hollywood's rare movies with no romance. Absolutely none at all! In fact, not even a hint of one. It's Mr. Whit Bissell, not some well endowed Hollywood starlet, who shines in the support case.

Anthony Mann is reputed to have directed some scenes in this movie, but I have no idea what they were, as it was not an assignment that he claimed in his credits.

"He Walked by Night" is currently available on an Alpha DVD. I would give this DVD a mark of least eight out of ten.

Reviewed by gavin6942 6 / 10

A Bit of a Forgotten Gem

This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

What makes this film interesting: During production, one of the actors, Jack Webb, struck up a friendship with the police technical adviser, Detective Sergeant Marty Wynn, and was inspired by a conversation with Wynn to create the radio and later television program "Dragnet".

But also, this is the fictional version of a true story that is not well-remembered today. A Los Angeles police officer went on a crime spree, and had some bizarre ideas about war and death rays. The film is rather tame in comparison.

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