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They Came by Night (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 7 March 1940 (USA)
Jeweler James Fothergill helps Scotland Yard recover a valuable ruby by worming his way into the gang which stole it and setting them up for the police.


Harry Lachman


Sidney Gilliat (screenplay), Barré Lyndon (play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Will Fyffe ... James Fothergill
Phyllis Calvert ... Sally
Anthony Hulme Anthony Hulme ... Sergeant Tolly
George Merritt ... Inspector Metcalfe
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Lightbody
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Llewellyn Jones
Athole Stewart Athole Stewart ... Lord Netfherly
Cees Laseur Cees Laseur ... Vollaire
Hal Walters Hal Walters ... Hopkins
Kuda Bux ... Ali
Leo Britt Leo Britt ... George
Sylvie St. Clair Sylvie St. Clair ... Claire
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Bugsie


Jeweler James Fothergill helps Scotland Yard recover a valuable ruby by worming his way into the gang which stole it and setting them up for the police. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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ruby | thief | based on play | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

7 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chegaram com a Noite See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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routine crime film
5 July 2008 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This film was made by Edward Black at Islington Studios for 20th Century Fox.Fox had a substantial interest in Gaumont British and when the Gaumont studios had a financial crisis in the late 1930s Fox used their studios to make films which would qualify for their Quota.Clearly the studios must have been very small as many of the sets looked very cramped and generally poverty stricken.The film itself is very much like this being little more than a hand me down of lots of clichés.There is very little in this film that is original.It is difficult to understand why Will Fyffe would have been considered worthy of being considered the leading part.Whilst he might have appealed to Scottish audiences it is doubtful that this would have gone anywhere south of the border.So not really up to a great deal.

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