He Walked By Night (1948 (DVD)
A documentary-style crime film-noir thriller loosely based on the true life accounts of Erwin "Machine-Gun" Walker
Starring Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts and Whit Bissell
Alfred L. Werker and Anthony Mann directs this archetypal noir thriller, whose influential franchise Dragnet was inspired by his work on He Walked by Night.
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?
Loosely based on the real newspaper accounts of Erwin ,,Machine-Gun Walker, a WWII veteran who unleashed a crime spree of burglaries, robberies and shootouts in LA during 1945 and 1946.
What the Press Said:
Based on a true story, He Walked by Night transcends its B-movie origins through a combination of crime-fighting realisms and starkly stylish Film Noir visuals. All Movie
Year of production: 1948
Director: Anthony Mann
Running Time: 76 min
Cat No: 163474
No Disc: 1
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