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Fly-By-Night (1942)

After being charged with the murder of a scientist, a young doctor must track down a Nazi spy ring to clear his name.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

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Jay Dratler (screenplay), F. Hugh Herbert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Carlson ... Dr. Geoffrey Burton
Nancy Kelly ... Pat Lindsey
Albert Bassermann ... Dr. Storm
Miles Mander ... Prof. Langner
Edward Gargan ... Officer Charlie Prescott
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Officer John Prescott
Martin Kosleck ... George Taylor
Walter Kingsford ... Heydt
Cy Kendall ... Dahlig
Nestor Paiva ... Grube
Oscar O'Shea ... Pa Prescott
Mary Gordon ... Ma Prescott
Arthur Loft ... Inspector Karns
Marion Martin ... Blond Nurse
Clem Bevans ... Train Station Watchman
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After being charged with the murder of a scientist, a young doctor must track down a Nazi spy ring to clear his name.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flykt i natten See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A doctor on the run for having had his unwanted patient killed, with any amount of complications...
1 July 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This was probably Robert Siodmak's first Hollywood feature, and it's an amazing picture full of innovations and surprises, the action never stops but constantly goes on in a frantic pace, and the ingenious story is overspiced with splendid good humour. It's a very dark noir indeed, a theme typical of Hitchcock's most exciting thrillers, and only the beginning sets you off att rocket speed into action, as a highstrung victim of some sort escapes from a mental asylum, runs into a doctor, stays with him and gets murdered at his place, while the doctor is convicted for the murder. The rest is a romantic nonstop escape together with a beautiful woman, an artist, who begins by betraying him... Robert Donat and Robert Cummings made many such roles, but here it is Richard Carlson together with Nancy Kelly.

When at last they find the real professor and he is brought to explain what the plot is all about, this results in a most unexpected high gear finale, worthy of Hitchcock's best. I loved this film, a rare treat, and a splendid entrance for Siodmak into Hollywood.


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