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They Live by Night (1948)

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An escaped convict is injured and is helped by a woman with whom he has an ill-fated relationship.

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Cast

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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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Release Date:

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

In the opening scene Bowie (Farley Granger) has a hurt leg; later on in shooting Granger really did fall and hurt his leg. Howard Da Silva had to carry him to the hospital. See more »

Goofs

Chicamaw's right eye is okay in a brief scene toward the end. Otherwise, the eye is opaque. See more »

Quotes

Arthur 'Bowie' Bowers: She's got a real house!
Chicamaw 'One-Eye' Mobley: Why not? We're real people.
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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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Featured in Edge of Outside (2006) See more »

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Your Red Wagon
by Richard M. Jones, Don Raye and Gene de Paul (as Gene DePaul)
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Powerful
22 March 2003 | by (Bay Area) – See all my reviews

This film really moved me in the way the lead characters Keechie and Bowie were portrayed. One of the best scenes is early when Farley Granger (Bowie) is asking Keechie if she has a fella, and if she would like one. It is very well done. Granger does a great job of playing the sweet but troubled young man caught in a jam. A sense of dread overtakes the picture as it moves towards its inevitable tragic conclusion. Overall, get your hands on this one if you can. The studio needs to release a DVD of it, anyone know anything about that?


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