Friday, 11 September 2015

He Walked by Night (1948)

Police are on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Effective crime thriller in a semi-documentary style, a bit naive, but honest and straightforward and with an exciting finale that obviously inspired Carol Reed for The Third Man.

Halliwell*: "Interesting if rather flatly handled documentary melodrama in clear imitation of Naked City."

Maltin***: "Great climax in L.A storm drains; photographed by the great John Alton. This clearly inspired Webb's creation of Dragnet."

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