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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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Howard Da Silva ...
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William Phipps ...
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Hawkins
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Hagenheimer
Marie Bryant ...
Singer
Will Lee ...
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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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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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 »

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Chicamaw 'One-Eye' Mobley: I'll take steps a block long. Anyone gets in my way, I'll stomp 'em!
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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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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers (1998) See more »

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Oh Promise Me
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Music by Reginald De Koven
Arranged by Leigh Harline
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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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