He Walked By Night

1948

Alfred L. Werker
Director
Eagle-Lion Films
Studio

Semi-documentary story of the hunt for a cop killer on the streets of Los Angeles, a killer who always seems one step ahead of the police. Interesting film, with some amazing noir cinematography (the scene of the police encroaching on Martin's apartment is very similar in look to the climatic Victory Motel shoot out in L.A. Confidential). Also an important film, as this is the film that inspired Jack Webb to create Dragnet, the progenitor of all police procedurals that have followed, for good or ill. Only drawback is a lack of any character development, though Basehart creates an interesting and memorable image of a lonely sociopath. And it is of course worth noting that this film features a climatic chase through the sewers a year before The Third Man.

"This is a true story; only the names are changed...to protect the innocent."

Indeed it is, based on this case.

Note: IMDb credits are a little screwy with this one; cast list in Silver & Ward's classic Film Noir encyclopedia was used instead.

-Dave W.



6th February 1949
Cinema


79 mins
1.37:1




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Richard Basehart
Roy Morgan
Scott Brady
Sergeant Marty Brennan
Roy Roberts
Captain Breen
Whit Bissell
Paul Reeves
James Cardwell
Sergeant Chuck Jones
Jack Webb
Lee Whitey
Dorothy Adams
Paranoid Housewife
(uncredited)
Jane Adams
Nurse Scanlon
(uncredited)
Jack Bailey
Witness in Pajamas and Robe
(uncredited)
Alma Beltran
Miss Montalvo
(uncredited)
Robert Bice
Detective Steno
(uncredited)
Chief Bradley
Himself
(uncredited)
Frank Cady
Pete Hammond
(uncredited)
George Chan
Chinese Suspect
(uncredited)
Garrett Craig
Patrolman
(uncredited)
John Dehner
Assistant Chief
(uncredited)
Ann Doran
Dispatcher
(uncredited)
Rex Downing
Young Hoodlum
(uncredited)
Michael Dugan
Patrolman
(uncredited)
Paul Fierro
Mexican Detective
(uncredited)
Byron Foulger
Avery
(uncredited)
Kay Garrett
Doctor
(uncredited)
George Goodman
Punchy - Fighter Suspect
(uncredited)
Tim Graham
Hollywood Police Sergeant
(uncredited)
Kit Guard
Suspect
(uncredited)
Reed Hadley
Narrator (voice)
(uncredited)
Harry Harvey
Liquor Store Proprietor
(uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry
Dunning, TV Customer
(uncredited)
Virginia Hunter
Miss Smith
(uncredited)
Felice Ingersoll
Records Clerk
(ucredited)
Anthony Jochim
Thompson
(uncredited)
Stan Johnson
Artist
(uncredited)
Louise Kane
Mrs. Rawlins
(uncredited)
Tommy Kelly
Young Hoodlum aka Redhead
(uncredited)
Donald Kerr
Mailman
(uncredited)
Charles Lang
Policeman
(uncredited)
Lyle Latell
Sergeant at Crime Scene
(uncredited)
Rory Mallinson
Detective with Harry
(uncredited)
Doyle Manor
Detective
(uncredited)
Dick Mason
Mailman
(uncredited)
Billy Mauch
Young Hoodlum aka Handsome
(uncredited)
John McGuire
Officer Robert Rawlins
(uncredited)
Charles Meredith
Hollywood Police Official
(uncredited)
Carlotta Monti
Woman in Liquor Store
(uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse
Detective
(uncredited)
James Nolan
Harry - Detective
(uncredited)
John Parrish
Liquor Store Proprietor
(uncredited)
Steve Pendleton
Detective
(uncredited)
John Perri
Young Hoodlum
(uncredited)
Ruth Robinson
Mrs. Johnson
(uncredited)
Paul Scardon
Liquor Store Proprietor
(uncredited)
Earl Spainard
Liquor Store Proprietor
(uncredited)
Florence Stephens
Receptionist
(uncredited)
Bernie Suss
Business Suspect
(uncredited)
Kenneth Tobey
Detective
(uncredited)
Wally Vernon
Postman
(uncredited)
Harlan Warde
Police Operator 27
(uncredited)
Mary Ware
Dolores
(uncredited)
Robert B. Williams
Detective
(uncredited)
Harry Wilson
Prison Inmate
(uncredited)
Marty Wynn
Police Sergeant
(uncredited)
Unknown
Cop in Patrol Car
(uncredited)
Unknown
Cop in Patrol Car
(uncredited)
Unknown
Cop at Crime Scene
(uncredited)
Unknown
Cop at Crime Scene
(uncredited)
Unknown
Informant
(uncredited)
Unknown
Informant
(uncredited)
Unknown
Informant
(uncredited)
Unknown
Detective at Morgan's Apartment
(uncredited)
Unknown
Cop in Sewer
(uncredited)
Unknown
Morgan's Dog
(uncredited)

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