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Crime by Night (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 9 September 1944 (USA)
Detective Sam Campbell and his perky sidekick Robby Vance are called in on a routine child support dispute. Things take an unexpected turn when the client's ex-father-in-law, the head of a ... See full summary »

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Richard Weil (screenplay), Joel Malone (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Wyman ... Robbie Vance
Jerome Cowan ... Sam Campbell
Faye Emerson ... Ann Marlow
Charles Lang ... Paul Goff
Eleanor Parker ... Irene Carr
Stuart Crawford ... Larry Borden
Cy Kendall ... Sheriff Max Ambers
Charles C. Wilson ... District Attorney Hyatt (as Charles Wilson)
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Detective Sam Campbell and his perky sidekick Robby Vance are called in on a routine child support dispute. Things take an unexpected turn when the client's ex-father-in-law, the head of a chemical plant with a war contract to make a secret formula, is the victim of an axe murder. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

When Campbell introduces his assistant Vance to the Sherriff Ambers, she tells him "guaranteed no relations to Philo". She is referring to Philo Vance a fictional character in crime novels written by S. S. Van Dine. See more »

Goofs

Campbell goes to the hospital to visit Carr's worker who was found by Campbell and Vance lying bleeding and almost dead at Carr's cottage. He then sees his body being wheeled out by a hospital worker therefore this now a murder case however Sheriff Amber's office does not conduct a murder investigation specifically regarding the worker. In fact, the killing of the worker is practically ignored and basically just considered a dead witness. The worker happened to be an African-American so perhaps that is a telling sign about the attitude of the filmmakers and screenwriter during that time period. See more »

Quotes

Ann Marlow: We have a lot in common, don't we?
Robbie Vance: Common is right.
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Soundtracks

Two Tables Apart
(1944) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Altman (unconfirmed)
Lyrics by Kim Gannon (unconfirmed)
Performed by Charles Lang in the hotel cocktail lounge
Partially sung and whistled by Jerome Cowan
Also played instrumentally in the hotel lounge
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Starring role for Jerome Cowan
9 January 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Crime by Night" is a lively 1944 film starring Jerome Cowan, Jane Wyman and Faye Emerson. Cowan plays a private eye trying to help a man wrongly accused of murder. It ends up being a lot more complicated than originally thought. Jane Wyman is his attractive secretary, and Emerson plays a talent representative. Eleanor Parker has a small role as the daughter of the murder victim.

This is an enjoyable B movie that moves fast; Cowan is slick and Wyman looks great and gives a vivacious performance. Cowan was rarely given an opportunity at leads. He makes the most of this one. A good B movie made during World War II.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El crimen de la noche See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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