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He Walked By Night [Import USA Zone 1]
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Alfred L. Werker directs this archetypal noir thriller starring Richard Basehart, Scott Brady and James Cardwell. When petty criminal Roy Martin (Basehart) shoots and kills a policeman while on the run, Sergeants Marty Brennan and Chuck Jones (Brady and Cardwell) are tasked with finding out who killed their colleague. Can another crime committed in the city that same night hold the key to finding their guy? --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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A great, chilling film, great cast, IT couldn't be a more perfect noir experience unfortunately this release was yet another public domain version and as such, the transfer is very disappointing especially considering it was shot by one of the great Directors of Photography, JOHN ALTON Take a look at the "Big Combo" and you can see what a master of noir lighting and camera placement ALTON was. If you have never seen this film, you can't go wrong for it's $5 and change cost but if you want to see this film restored to it's original look, this is not the version (is there a restored version?)
All that said, i will be writing to Amazon and let then know how deficient their customer review sections are. Unless the customer specifies what version of the film they are reviewing, most times you won't know what you are buying. Step it up Amazon
The movie is in excellent black and white and is told in a documentary style -- an excellent police procedural which appealed to Jack Webb.Webb acted in the movie and struck up a friendship with the police technical advisor, Detective Sergeant Marty Wynn. That conversation led Webb to create the radio and television series "Dragnet" that I loved so much as a youngster.
[In high school, my best friend and I created a radio clip played to our high school during a talent show -- "Just the facts, ma'am" was the punch line that got the most laughs -- several times. We both knew, however, that Webb said something similar -- "All we want are the facts, ma'am" or sometimes "All we know are the facts ma'am." Our audience loved the Stan Freberg spoofs about the Dragonet and Little Red Riding Hood, and it was Freberg's version we played against.]
"He Walked by Night" paid great attention to a detailed and realistic portrayal of the nuts and bolts of police work. The film was loosely based on newspaper accounts of the real-life actions of Erwin "Machine-Gun" Walker, a former Glendale California police department employee and World War II veteran who unleashed a crime spree of burglaries, robberies, and shootouts in the Los Angeles area during 1945 and 1946.
Here, there is great dramatic tension between the cleverness of Basehart in eluding capture and the methodical approach of the police in finally running him down. The final sequences in the water tunnels of Los Angeles are thrilling, and Basehart, although clearly the star of the movie, has great support from the other cast members, a solid sound track, and excellent direction by Werker.
Very satisfying film-noir.
Robert C. Ross
With respect to acting honours, it is no contest. This is Richard Basehart's movie, hands down. His cold-blooded killer is a very different animal to some of the rough-looking types
( hello Rondo Hatton ) that inhabit some of these movies. We are reminded that, years before his TV fame on "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ", Richard Basehart was a very fine actor. I agree that most of the actors portraying "LA's finest" are stone-faced, cardboard cut-outs--Scott Brady and, of course, Jack Webb are wooden in the extreme. I thought that Roy Roberts fared a bit better, expressing emotion that seemed to be beyond the grasp of those zombies reporting to him. B-movie regular, Whit Bissell, is appropriately nervous as an electronics dealer, who finds he has been doing business with a killer. Also, if you are a B-movie buff, you will spot Kenneth Tobey as a cop, just a couple of years away from his encounter with "The Thing From Another World", and several other nasty, sci/fi creatures.
I found the shots of LA in the 40s very interesting, and I love old cars, so the historical aspect was a plus for me. Of course, we are decades away from computers, so police methods in this film will seem very quaint to younger viewers. The "profile" scene is well done--various citizens are called in to help the police determine what Mr. Basehart looks like, and the results are very effective.
The movie does generate a lot of suspense, and the final showdown in the drainage tunnels is well done.
The DVD has a nice black and white picture--mono sound of course. If you like old-fashioned crime films, that do not wear out their welcome, this modestly-priced disc would fit in your collection. I would also not want to discourage MGM--or any other company--from issuing films of this type and vintage.