Follow Me Quietly (1949)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Drama  |  14 July 1949 (USA)
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An obsessed cop tracks an elusive serial killer who strangles his victims on rainy nights.


(as Richard O. Fleischer)


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Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ...
Dorothy Patrick ...
Police Sgt. Art Collins
Nestor Paiva ...
Charles D. Brown ...
Police Insp. Mulvaney
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Edwin Max ...
Charlie Roy aka The Judge
J.C. McGill
Marlo Dwyer ...
Archie Twitchell ...
Dixon (as Michael Branden)
Douglas Spencer ...
Phony Judge


For six months, a strangler has terrorized the city. Calling himself The Judge, he's a self-appointed destroyer of 'evil' who only strikes on rainy nights. Police Lieut. Harry Grant is obsessed with catching him but has failed so far, despite varied clues. And now Harry is further hampered by attractive tabloid reporter Ann Gorman dogging his footsteps. Compactly crafted film with some effective thrills. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Police baffled by the FACELESS KILLER!


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Release Date:

14 July 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'assassin sans visage  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Harry is unbuttoning his shirt to take a shower. He has it half way unbuttoned, then in the next shot he is seen unbuttoning it all over again. See more »


J.C. McGill: I always wanted to throw something out of that window. Ha, I didn't know it would be me.
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Has All The Elements of A Great Noir, But ....
28 January 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Something about this doesn't seem to work. It has nice gritty location shots. The cast is good. William Lundigan is excellent. The scene in which he removes the top of his uniform, then showers, then gets into bed in his pajamas as the female yellow journalist sits in his apartment is erotic. It's a tough version of the sublime Joel McCrea/Jean Arthur scenes in "The More The Merrier." And is this THE Jeff Corey, the famous acting teacher? He has a nice, realistic feel. Him I totally believe. And what a pro at upstaging, moving his eyes ever so slightly as he stands behind the primary action! The plot involving the moralistic killer is intense.

There's really nothing wrong with this, although the romantic angle seems intrusive: Such subplots worked in many noirs and pre-noirs, the romantic crime programmers of the 1930s.

But I've seen it twice and it doesn't leave me with much.

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