He Walked By Night
Film Noir | In English | 79 minutes | 1948
Why Stream This Film?
Interesting how Jack Webb, playing just a minor role in the film, was able to parlay this format it into one of the most successful TV series of all time, “Dragnet.” The film was also an early pioneer in that it simulated a documentary.
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus) 83% 83%
- Locarno International Film Festival: Special Prize, Best Police Film
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HE WALKED BY NIGHT is a high-tension crime thriller, supercharged with violence but sprung with finesse. Starting in high gear, the film increases in momentum until the cumulative tension explodes in a powerful crime-doesn’t-pay climax.
This is a smashing film noir film with underlying psychopathic tendencies that will chill the viewer to the bone. Director Werker (with an uncredited assist from Anthony Mann) does a fine job in maintaining the hectic pace, and Basehart is gripping as the lone, loveless thief who even sacrifices his dog when the going gets tough.
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