He Walked by Night (1948)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  10 May 1949 (Argentina)
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This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.


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Complete credited cast:
Police Capt. Breen
James Cardwell ...
Police Sgt. Chuck Jones
Lee Whitey


In the Post-World War II, in Los Angeles, a criminal shots and kills a police officer in the middle of the night. Without any leads, the chief of the LAPD assigns Sgt. Chuck Jones and Sgt. Marty Brennan to investigate the murder and apprehend the culprits. When the dealer of electronics devices, Paul Reeves, is caught selling a stolen projector, the police identifies the criminal, and connects him to other unsolved robberies. Using the witnesses of his heists, they draw their face, but the true identity of the smart and intelligent criminal is not disclosed. The perseverance of Sgt. Marty Brennan in his investigation gives a clue where he might live. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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10 May 1949 (Argentina)  »

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The L.A. Investigator  »

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1.37 : 1
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The killer lives in Hollywood on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fuller Avenue and Poinsettia Avenue. A large shopping mall occupies as of January 2013. See more »


When Roy Martin confronts Reeves in Reeves' bedroom, Martin's shadow changes position depending upon whether the shot is from behind Reeves or from a closer position. See more »


Narrator: [Referring to the composite sketch] They showed that picture to the inmates of jails and prisons, to men with a wide acquaintance among the cat burglars and the violence boys, informers, con men, and sharpshooters - those on the fringe of crime and those deep in the rackets. Many wanted to help - nobody could! No one in the Underworld recognized that mysterious face. He was as unknown as if he had lived in the 16th Century.
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Werker at his best
29 May 2000 | by (Montclair, NJ) – See all my reviews

Wryly directed understated film is an example of Alfred Werker's underrated genius at its best. Basehart is magnificent as a crook who gets in over his head. Scott Brady and Roy Roberts are equally good in their roles. And the redoubtable Whit Bissell is on hands for a key supporting role.

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