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Crime by Night (1944)

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

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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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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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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Based on Geoffrey Homes book "Forty Whacks". See more »

Quotes

Robbie Vance: You and I are gonna stick so close together we could wear the same suspenders.
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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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Good B Mystery
7 February 2017 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Sounds like a serious film noir, judging from the title. Wet,dark alleys, trench coats, world-weary private eye, etc. But it's not - "Crime By Night" is a breezy, light-hearted crime story that could have been a series. No telling where Warner Bros. was going with this entertaining B picture, but it could have been better than the main feature it played with.

Jerome Cowan is the star as the genial, unflappable private eye and Jane Wyman is his 'girl Friday', even though she has top billing. Can't remember Jerome Cowan as the leading man before. He spent most of his career as a supporting actor, but goes all out here as he solves a murder mystery - and it's a genuine whodunit, which is the yardstick by which all mysteries are measured. If you haven't seen it and you're a mystery movie fan, give it a shot. It's only 75 minutes of your time.


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