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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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Hawkins
Harry Harvey ...
Hagenheimer
Marie Bryant ...
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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 film was shown in the UK prior to U.S. release. See more »

Goofs

The new Cadillac is seen to be covered with a tarpaulin. When the camera swings back to it, the tarpaulin has vanished. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Catherine 'Keechie' Mobley: [reading Bowie's letter to herself] "Hello girl. I'm gonna miss you. I gotta do it this way... I'll send for both of you when I can... no matter how long it takes, I gotta see that kid... he's lucky; he'll have you to keep him squared around."
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Catherine 'Keechie' Mobley: I love you, Bowie.
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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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Your Red Wagon
by Richard M. Jones, Don Raye and Gene de Paul (as Gene DePaul)
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The birth of a new voice in American cinema.
6 September 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is not a great film but it marks the directorial debut of Nicholas Ray, one of the most original directors of the 1950's. From the startling pre-credit sequence on, it is clear that here is a striking new cinematic voice. Unfortunately the story he has to tell is not very interesting, but the way he tells it must have astonished audiences in 1949. From unusual aerial shots, to brilliant extreme close-ups, to great shots inside cars, Ray takes us on a new type of film journey. He also lovingly films his two pretty young leads and extracts strong performances from them. This is a film to be admired rather than loved, but no student of film should miss it.


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