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He Walked by Night (1948)

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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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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Release Date:

10 May 1949 (Argentina)  »

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The L.A. Investigator  »

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This film served as something of a template for "Dragnet," which debuted on radio the following year, right down to the "this is the city" style opening narration, and the fact that a disclaimer appears at the beginning informing the audience that the names have been changed to protect the innocent. See more »


When Martin flees from his bungalow into the sewer system, the first shot shows him running in the sewer with a torch and a bag in his hand. This is the same shot as used earlier on in the film after he started robbing liquor stores. (In this later scene, he did not have a bag when he fled the bungalow nor when he entered the sewers.) 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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25 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was full of veteran actors, Richard Basehart,(Roy Martin/Roy Morgan; Scott Brady(Sgt.Marty Brennan) brother of former film star,Lawrence Tierney "Dillinger". Jack Webb, was very young and thin in this picture, he was married to Julie London who starred in the film,"The Red House" with Edward G. Robinson. Jack Webb used all the equipment they had in the 1948's and even had some good CSI theories as a Crime Lab expert. This 1948 keeps you spellbound and keeps you guessing throughout the entire picture. The black and white film makes it even more chilling and mysterious. View it if you can, you won't be sorry!

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