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

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Sam Campbell: [on the phone] Let me talk to Sheriff Ambers. Ambers. "A" as in Amorous, "M" as in Emory, "B" as in Benzedrine, "E" as in Anything, "R" as in Arthritis, and "S" as in Sneeze.
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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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7 February 2017 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Sounds like a serious film noir, judging from the title. Wet,dark alleys, trench coats, world-weary private eye, etc. But it's not - "Crime By Night" is a breezy, light-hearted crime story that could have been a series. No telling where Warner Bros. was going with this entertaining B picture, but it could have been better than the main feature it played with.

Jerome Cowan is the star as the genial, unflappable private eye and Jane Wyman is his 'girl Friday', even though she has top billing. Can't remember Jerome Cowan as the leading man before. He spent most of his career as a supporting actor, but goes all out here as he solves a murder mystery - and it's a genuine whodunit, which is the yardstick by which all mysteries are measured. If you haven't seen it and you're a mystery movie fan, give it a shot. It's only 75 minutes of your time.


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