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
From the Homicide Files of the Los Angeles Police.
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Did You Know?
The shots of two patrol cars pulling into the police station would later be reused in The Big Combo (1955). He Walked by Night (1948) and The Big Combo (1955) were shot by the same cinematographer, John Alton. See more
At the radio shop the suspect tried to pick the lock with only the pick. A tension bar was not used too. The tension bar puts pressure on the lock so when the pins clear, the lock will turn open. See more
[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 and con men and sharpshooters were quizzed. 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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