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Follow Me Quietly (1949)

An obsessed cop tracks an elusive serial killer who strangles his victims on rainy nights.

Director:

Richard Fleischer (as Richard O. Fleischer)

Writers:

Lillie Hayward (screenplay), Francis Rosenwald (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ... Police Lt. Harry Grant
Dorothy Patrick ... Ann Gorman
Jeff Corey ... Police Sgt. Art Collins
Nestor Paiva ... Benny
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Police Insp. Mulvaney
Paul Guilfoyle ... Overbeck
Edwin Max ... Charlie Roy aka The Judge
Frank Ferguson ... J.C. McGill
Marlo Dwyer ... Waitress
Archie Twitchell ... Dixon (as Michael Branden)
Douglas Spencer ... Phony Judge
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Storyline

For six months, a strangler has terrorized the city. Calling himself The Judge, he's a self-appointed destroyer of 'evil' who only strikes on rainy nights. Police Lieut. Harry Grant is obsessed with catching him but has failed so far, despite varied clues. And now Harry is further hampered by attractive tabloid reporter Ann Gorman dogging his footsteps. Compactly crafted film with some effective thrills. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Police baffled by the FACELESS KILLER!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'assassin sans visage See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to contemporary articles in the film press in 1947, the story by Francis Rosenwald and Anthony Mann was purchased by Jack Wrather's production company to star Don Castle and was to be released by Allied Artists. RKO then purchased the story from Wrather in December 1947. See more »

Goofs

Right before Harry takes a shower he is the bathroom putting on a night shirt for bed. Then he closes the door and takes a shower. See more »

Quotes

Police Lt. Harry Grant: We struck pay dirt.
Police Sgt. Art Collins: Yeah, if he buys his magazines here, he probably lives somewhere nearby.
Police Lt. Harry Grant: Well, we'll check the laundries, poolrooms, markets, saloons.
Police Sgt. Art Collins: It's a cinch. All we have to do is turn the neighborhood upside down, then shake all the buildings until he falls out of one of them.
Police Lt. Harry Grant: Let's start shaking.
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Has All The Elements of A Great Noir, But ....
28 January 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Something about this doesn't seem to work. It has nice gritty location shots. The cast is good. William Lundigan is excellent. The scene in which he removes the top of his uniform, then showers, then gets into bed in his pajamas as the female yellow journalist sits in his apartment is erotic. It's a tough version of the sublime Joel McCrea/Jean Arthur scenes in "The More The Merrier." And is this THE Jeff Corey, the famous acting teacher? He has a nice, realistic feel. Him I totally believe. And what a pro at upstaging, moving his eyes ever so slightly as he stands behind the primary action! The plot involving the moralistic killer is intense.

There's really nothing wrong with this, although the romantic angle seems intrusive: Such subplots worked in many noirs and pre-noirs, the romantic crime programmers of the 1930s.

But I've seen it twice and it doesn't leave me with much.


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