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They Live by Night (1948)

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An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.

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Howard Da Silva ...
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Helen Craig ...
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William Phipps ...
Young Farmer
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Hawkins
Harry Harvey ...
Hagenheimer
Marie Bryant ...
Singer
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James Nolan ...
Schreiber (as Jim Nolan)
Charles Meredith ...
Comm. Hubbell
Teddy Infuhr ...
Alvin
Byron Foulger ...
Lambert
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Storyline

In the '40s, three prisoners flee from a state prison farm in Mississippi. Among them is 23-years-young Bowie, who spent the last seven years in prison and now hopes to be able to prove his innocence or retire to a home in the mountains and live in peace together with his new love, Keechie. But his criminal companions persuade him to participate in several heists, and soon the police believe him to be their leader and go after "Bowie the Kid" harder than ever. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Cops or no cops I'm going through!


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5 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Your Red Wagon  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening sequence was filmed from a helicopter. Although helicopters had been used in filming by 1947, mainly for aerial views or landscapes, this is one of the first times an action scene was filmed from the sky. The most difficult thing about it was to keep the actors in focus. It took them four takes; they eventually chose the second one. See more »

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The breeze on the bushes makes it obvious that a helicopter is shooting the opening scene. See more »

Quotes

Arthur 'Bowie' Bowers: You having trouble?
Catherine 'Keechie' Mobley: Could be.
Arthur 'Bowie' Bowers: Who are you? You live around here?
Catherine 'Keechie' Mobley: Could be.
Arthur 'Bowie' Bowers: You haven't had a couple of visitors lately, have you?
Catherine 'Keechie' Mobley: That wouldn't be a sore foot making you limp, would it?
Arthur 'Bowie' Bowers: Could be.
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Opening credits: This boy... and this girl... were never properly introduced to the world we live in... To tell their story... See more »

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Referenced in The Dreamers (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Your Red Wagon
by Richard M. Jones, Don Raye and Gene de Paul (as Gene DePaul)
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I think this film holds up well and is well worth watching.
19 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very good film noir movie with excellent performances from the leads Farley Granger (of Hitchcock's "Rope" and "Strangers on a Train" and another great film noir movie "The Edge of Doom") and Cathy O'Donnell, whom I have not seen in any other role. Howard Da Silva also gives an excellent performance as a "one-eyed lush" of a gangster. I saw this movie as a teenager when it first came out and had not seen it since until recently, but I still think it holds up well as a movie well worth watching. Farley Granger, who tired of being cast as a "pretty boy" in trouble with the law and sought his fortunes elsewhere, in Europe, was a big loss to American movies.


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