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They Live by Night (1948)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance | 5 November 1949 (USA)
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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Mobley
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Hagenheimer
Marie Bryant ...
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Will Lee ...
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Schreiber (as Jim Nolan)
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Comm. Hubbell
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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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"WE'RE IN A JAM! You're crazy to stick to me... but I'd rather die than let you go!" See more »


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5 November 1949 (USA)  »

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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

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

Bowie: Well, don't you have a place a little away from the others?
Lambert: [looking at the couple and smiling] Uh-huh, just married, ain't ya?
Bowie: Yeah.
Lambert: Learn that, Alvin. Just-married people like to be alone.
Alvin: I should think so.
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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 Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

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The Bridal Chorus
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Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Leigh Harline
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An earlier, and just as involving, version of Thieves Like Us
23 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Nicholas Ray's first feature, in 1949, was an adaptation of the novel Thieves Like Us (which Robert Altman so memorably filmed in the mid-1970s). It's a bit of a surprise to encounter the same characters -- Bowie, Keechie, T-Dub et al. -- in postwar black-and-white. Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell play the star-crossed lovers later rended by Keith Carradine and Shelly Duvall, and they bring a vulnerable, doomed edge to this very interesting, tragic movie. (Granger may never have been better during his brief bout of stardom). The supporting cast isn't quite up to the level of Altman's (without Louise Fletcher and her odd little girl), but on the whole this remains an honorable and moving piece of film art -- and a vital instalment, along with the same year's Gun Crazy (also a tale of doomed, romantic outlaws), in the noir cycle.


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