He Walked By Night (1948)

“He Walked By Night” is a gripping 1948 film noir, crediting ALfred L. Werker as director. In facr, most of the film was directed by western/film noir director Anthony Mann. The film is allegedly based on the real life story of Erwin “Machine-Gun” Wallker.

On a Los Angeles Street, Officer Hollis, a patrolman on his way hom from work, stops a man he suspects of burglary and is shot and mortally wounded.

Two police detectives, Sergeants Marty Brennan (Brady) and Chuck Jones (Cardwell) are assigned to catch the killer. He is Roy Morgan (Baseheart,) and is hiding in a Hollywod bungalow, listening to police calls on his radio and accompanied by his dog.

Morgan stays one step ahead of the police by using his knowledge of their procedures and gravitates to armed robbery but the tenacity of his pursuers ensures a suspense ridden story!

Outstanding film from the post war era.

Cast:

Richard Baseheart as Roy Martin/Roy Morgan

Scott Brady as Sgt. Marty Brennan

Roy Roberts as Captain Breen

Whit Bissell as Paul Reeves

James Cardwell as Sgt. Chuck Jones

Jack Webb as Lee

This entry was posted on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at 5:12 pm and is filed under Film Noir, Thriller.

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