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Crime by Night (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 9 September 1944 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Larry Borden
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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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Mastiges tis nyhtas  »

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Please add to Goofs under 'Miscellaneous' The horseshoe piece is broken clean off. Since horseshoes are made with forged iron or steel, it would be very difficult to simply break a portion off; it would be more likely to bend instead. See more »

Quotes

Ann Marlow: We have a lot in common, don't we?
Robbie Vance: Common is right.
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It Can't Be Wrong
(1942) (uncredited)
aka "Theme from 'Now, Voyager'"
Music by Max Steiner
Played in the hotel cocktail lounge
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It's a wonder Jane Wyman ever became a star at Warner Bros...
4 January 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

CRIME BY NIGHT is a neat little programmer that gives JEROME COWAN one of his few leading roles in films. He was usually the man who supported the big Warner stars in films ranging from MR. SKEFFINGTON to THE MALTESE FALCON, always a reliable character actor.

For an up-and-coming contract star, JANE WYMAN was given little to do in this caper, making me wonder how she ever reached full fledged stardom at the studio that insisted on wasting her talent in fluffy, very inconsequential roles in films like this and FLIGHT ANGELS, always the brassy wise-cracking dame before she tackled more serious roles. Another actress with a future at the studio is also on hand in a small part, ELEANOR PARKER, but it's FAYE EMERSON who has the most interesting role and she makes the most of it.

The story is a dull contrivance about a vacationing detective (Cowan) who helps clear an innocent man of murder. He and Wyman join forces to solve the crime which turns out to be embedded in some sort of spy plot that is never hinted at until the final scene.

Summing up: A weak programmer that wastes the Warner contract players.


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