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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:
"We're in a Jam!" See more »
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 »
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User Reviews:
tender crime drama See more (46 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 
 
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
 
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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #12567)

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Trivia:
Robert Mitchum lobbied unsuccessfully for the role of Chicamaw. He told Nicholas Ray that he was very familiar with bank robbers and chain gangs, and even cut and dyed his hair black (in the original treatment Chicamaw was an Indian). He was rejected because he had recently been nominated for an Oscar, and a supporting role was considered unworthy for a rising star.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The breeze on the bushes makes it obvious that a helicopter is shooting the opening scene.See more »
Quotes:
Arthur 'Bowie' Bowers:Fifteen hundred bucks foe a second hand car?
Henry 'T-Dub' Mansfield:That's right.
Arthur 'Bowie' Bowers:Whoever sells them for that, that's worse than robbin' a bank!
Henry 'T-Dub' Mansfield:They're thieves - just like us.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Edge of Outside (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
JitterbugsSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
tender crime drama, 2 December 2004
Author: RanchoTuVu from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

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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