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They Live by Night
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Director:
Writers:
Charles Schnee (screenplay)
Nicholas Ray (adaptation)
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Release Date:
5 November 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Cops or no cops I'm going through!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Actually quite good See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cathy O'Donnell ... Keechie

Farley Granger ... Bowie
Howard Da Silva ... Chickamaw

Jay C. Flippen ... T-Dub
Helen Craig ... Mattie

Will Wright ... Mobley
William Phipps ... Young Farmer

Ian Wolfe ... Hawkins
Harry Harvey ... Hagenheimer
Marie Bryant ... Singer

Will Lee ... Jeweler
James Nolan ... Schreiber (as Jim Nolan)
Charles Meredith ... Comm. Hubbell
Teddy Infuhr ... Alvin
Byron Foulger ... Lambert
Guy Beach ... Plumber (as Guy L. Beach)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Allen ... Woman (uncredited)
Paul Bakanas ... Shadow (uncredited)
Regan Callais ... Young Wife (uncredited)
Lewis Charles ... Auto Lot Attendant (uncredited)
Curt Conway ... Man in Tuxedo (uncredited)
Suzi Crandall ... Lulu (uncredited)
Helen Crozier ... Nurse (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Herman (uncredited)
Gail Davis ... Girl at Parking Lot (uncredited)
James Dobson ... Boy at Parking Lot (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Bum (uncredited)
Dan Foster ... Groom (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Mrs. Haviland (uncredited)
N.L. Hitch ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
J. Louis Johnson ... Restroom Porter (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Waiter in Nightclub (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Cop (uncredited)
Kate Drain Lawson ... Tillie (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Robert Mansfield, Mattie's Husband (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ... Mrs. Schaeffer (uncredited)
Marilyn Mercer ... Bride (uncredited)
Carmen Morales ... Mother on Bus (uncredited)
Jimmy Moss ... Boy on Bus (uncredited)
Stanley Prager ... Short Order Man (uncredited)
Erskine Sanford ... Doctor (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Shadow (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Tailor (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Man (uncredited)
Lynn Whitney ... Waitress (uncredited)
Douglas Williams ... Drunk (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Ray 
 
Writing credits
Charles Schnee (screenplay)

Nicholas Ray (adaptation)

Edward Anderson (novel "Thieves Like Us")

Produced by
John Houseman .... producer
Dore Schary .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Woody Guthrie (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George E. Diskant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Alfred Herman  (as Al Herman)
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Maurice Yates (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adele Balkan (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Helen Grizuk .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
James H. Anderson .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Lane .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... sound (as John Cass)
Clem Portman .... sound
Roy Meadows .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects (as Russell A.Cully)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Bergholz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Ivano .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Ollie Sigurdson .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... Cathy O'Donnell and Farley Granger appear by arrangement with
Dore Schary .... presenter
Knute Flint .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Mercy Weireter .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #12567)

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Trivia:
Jane Greer tested for the lead role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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."
[whispers]
Catherine 'Keechie' Mobley:I love you, Bowie.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Your Red WagonSee more »

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40 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Actually quite good, 15 June 1999
Author: Patsy-9 from Calgary, AB

An early, nearly-forgotten picture from the director of "Rebel Without a Cause", this story of fugitive love (though not in the same was as "Bonnie and Clyde" or "Gun Crazy") is in its own right a rather accomplished picture.

Farley Granger is best remembered for his Hitchcock roles, and he gives a good, multifaceted performance. It's clear from the get-go that despite the company he keeps and despite his time in prison, he's really a scared, uncertain kid. Cathy O'Donnell is all but forgotten, but here gives a nearly Oscar-calibre performance, extremely convincing and appealing as his naive bride.

The film is also notable for early use of helicopter shots of cars, and for its refusal to vilify either the criminals or the cops (one of the policemen admits that "the system failed him", an astonishing statement for 1949).

All in all, a film which deserves to be resurrected from its obscurity.

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