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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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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 helicopter shot was the first scene that Nicholas Ray ever directed. 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

[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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Referenced in The Dreamers (2003) 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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tender crime drama
2 December 2004 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Farley Granger plays Bowie, a young con who escapes from the pen with two hardened criminals, Chicamaw and T-Dub played respectively by Howard Da Silva and Jay C Flippen in They Live By Night, an aptly titled film if there ever was one. Da Silva and Flippen are both terrific here, as is Cathy O'Donnel as Keechie, Bowie's equally young girlfriend. The movie revolves around the relationship between them and their efforts to get away from the life of crime that is always a few steps behind them and also to try living like normal people, during the day, instead of at night, like their criminal associates. This was Nicholas Ray's first film as a director and it certainly was a worthy effort, as it has fine performances throughout, especially O'Donnels. As the film comes to a close, you can pretty well figure out the ending, but that doesn't detract from its potency, as they are let down by one of their own, blackmailed it seems by the cops.


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