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Detective Sam Campbell and his perky sidekick Robby Vance are called in on a routine child support dispute. Things take an unexpected turn when the client's ex-father-in-law, the head of a chemical plant with a war contract to make a secret formula, is the victim of an axe murder. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Based on Geoffrey Homes book "Forty Whacks". See more »

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Ann Marlow: We have a lot in common, don't we?
Robbie Vance: Common is right.
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Two Tables Apart
(1944) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Altman (unconfirmed)
Lyrics by Kim Gannon (unconfirmed)
Performed by Charles Lang in the hotel cocktail lounge
Partially sung and whistled by Jerome Cowan
Also played instrumentally in the hotel lounge
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Sam Campbell, P.I.
23 July 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Crime by Night" is based on a book by Daniel Mainwaring, who went to write some of the best screen plays of the genre. This 1944 B movie was directed with great style by William Clemens. The film has good moments, but best of all is the presence of Jerome Cowan in the main role of the private investigator, Sam Campbell.

Sam is called to help a man accused of killing his father-in-law, a crime he didn't commit. Sam arrives accompanied by his assistant, Robbie Vance, who he calls "Candy Lamb". The story takes us to meet the corrupt sheriff Max Anders who is running for reelection. We also meet the cunning Ann Marlowe, a shady woman who has an interest in all we are seeing. Sam Campbell solves the mystery with assurance.

For being a B movie, "Crime by Night" gathered an interesting cast. Best of all, Jerome Cowan, who played in a lot of films of the genre, most notably in "The Maltese Falcon". Mr. Cowan didn't make it big in the movies, but in this one, he is quite enjoyable as the sleazy man who knows where to go to unmask the truth. Jane Wyman is hardly seen, although she is quite effective in her small part. Faye Emerson plays Ann Marlowe with style and conviction. Cy Kendall is the crooked sheriff Max Anders. Eleanor Parker and Charles Wilson are also seen in smaller parts.

Another comment to this forum says it all in the praise to TCM for keeping these forgotten movies alive by presenting them from time to time to new audiences.


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