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They Live by Night (1948)

Approved | | 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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Hawkins
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Hagenheimer
Marie Bryant ...
Singer
Will Lee ...
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Schreiber (as Jim Nolan)
Charles Meredith ...
Comm. Hubbell
Teddy Infuhr ...
Alvin
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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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"We're in a Jam!" 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

Nicholas Ray's first directing credit. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Arthur 'Bowie' Bowers: I'll take it easy. I've got a lawyer in Tulsa to see!
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Crazy Credits

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 Mona Lisa (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
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Music by James Pierpont
Arranged by Leigh Harline
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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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