He Walked By Night

Film Noir | In English | 79 minutes | 1948

Info
Roy Morgan is a brilliant but diabolical murderer who eludes capture by eavesdropping on the police radio frequencies. It starts when Roy shoots and kills a patrolman when Roy is suspected of being a burglar. There are no clues. Police detectives Marty Brennan and Chuck Jones are assigned to find the killer. Roy obtains his electronic equipment from Paul Reeves. The detectives find  Roy’s frequent visits to Reeves suspicious. When they ask Reeves  to name  the mysterious visitor, he confesses that it’s Roy Morgan. Roy commits an armed robbery. The police are able to get one of the bullets and take it to Lee, a forensic specialist. Lee reports that the bullet he examined came from the same gun that murdered the patrolman. The detectives now know the murderer and close in for the arrest. What ensues is a heart-stopping chase in the Los Angeles drainage tunnel system. The film was shot in a film noir style and was the inspiration for Jack Webb, a cast member, to produce his highly-successful TV series, “Dragnet.”
Cast
Richard Basehart (Roy Morgan) / Scott Brady (Sgt. Marty Brennan) / Roy Roberts (Captain Breen) / Whit Bissell (Paul Reeves) / Jack Webb (Lee)
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%
Accolades
  • Locarno International Film Festival: Special Prize, Best Police Film

Now streaming on:

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.
Staff Report

Variety

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.
TV Guide

YOU MIGHT ALSO CONSIDER:

Criss Cross

Steve Thompson returns to Los Angeles to try and rekindle the relationship with his ex-wife Anna. He gets a job as a driver with an armored-truck company. It’s a bit complicated; even though Anna is now married to the mobster Slim Dundee…

read more

Double Indemnity

Walter Neff, a successful insurance agent, is in his office dictating a confession for a crime he committed. The whole story is now  revealed in flashback. It begins with Neff visiting the Dietrichson home…

read more

In a Lonely Place

Dixon Steele is a fading screenwriter out of work primarily as a result of his heavy drinking and violent temper. His agent, Mel Lippman, encourages him to adapt a book for a film…

read more

Contact

info@streaming-flix.com
T 917-439-3364

P.O. Box 20038
New York, N.Y. 10075

If you found this site helpful, please recommend it to a friend. We also welcome your comments.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *