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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The voice in The Judge's apartment building yelling downstairs is Marjorie Main. See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Ann are driving in the rain to the homicide call on Maple Avenue, they take an "S" curve through the city. In that shot, there is a large lighted sign for "Mid-City Garage" that is obviously reversed, indicating, for at least that one short shot, the film had been flipped. 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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11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Follow Me Quietly (1949)

*** (out of 4)

Exciting film noir from RKO has a detective (William Lundigan) trying to track down a mysterious killer known as "The Judge". I haven't heard too many film noir lovers mention this film but I found it to be very tense and brilliantly directed. The film only runs 59-minutes but there's a lot of style throughout each one of them. The ending is full of action and some nice suspense. The film runs at a very fast pace and is over before you know it but for the life of me I can't figure out why this film isn't talked about more. Certainly worth checking out if you can catch it on TCM.


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