In the '40s, three prisoners flee from a state prison farm in Mississippi. Among them is 23-years-young Bowie, who spent the last seven years in prison and now hopes to be able to prove his innocence or retire to a home in the mountains and live in peace together with his new love, Keechie. But his criminal companions persuade him to participate in several heists, and soon the police believe him to be their leader and go after "Bowie the Kid" harder than ever.
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
The headlines screamed their crime... but they told only half the story. Would YOU give these kids another chance?
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Did You Know?
According to Eddie Muller
on TCM's Noir Alley (2017-10-15), Farley Granger
and Cathy O'Donnell
first appeared together in They Live by Night
(1948), filmed at RKO Pictures in 1947 but put on the shelf by new studio boss Howard Hughes
. Former RKO Production Chief Dore Schary
feared the picture would never be released, so he paired the actors again in Side Street
(1950) at his new studio, M-G-M. Hughes learned of this and, wanting to beat Schary to the punch, finally released "They Live by Night" in the USA in November 1949, just a few weeks before "Side Street" opened nationwide. See more
The new Cadillac is seen to be covered with a tarpaulin. When the camera swings back to it, the tarpaulin has vanished. See more
Everybody and his dog is coming.
Opening credits: This boy . . . and this girl . . . were never properly introduced to the world we live in . . . To tell their story . . . See more
Featured in I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Your Red Wagon
by Richard M. Jones
, Don Raye
and Gene de Paul
(as Gene DePaul)
Performed by Marie Bryant
(uncredited) See more