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He Walked By Night [DVD] [1948] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Richard Basehart , Scott Brady , Alfred L. Werker , Anthony Mann    DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell, James Cardwell
  • Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann
  • Writers: Crane Wilbur, Harry Essex, John C. Higgins
  • Producers: Bryan Foy, Robert Kane
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000098ZS7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,587 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Strictly speaking, He Walked by Night is not quite an Anthony Mann film, being credited to Alfred Werker, although the uncredited Mann's visual sense is clearly in evidence in certain scenes - the interrogation of Whit Bissell in the Police captain's office, a silent police ambush gone wrong in an electronics plant. However, the real star of this police procedural is cinematographer John Alton, whose brilliant use of light and shadow raises the film above its simple factual plot into something that is frequently visually fascinating to watch: it was Alton who coined the phrase 'painting with light' to describe the cinematographer's art, and this should be mandatory viewing for all cameramen.

Following the LA police as they track down Richard Basehart's veteran who has come back from the war with the ruthlessness to kill anything between him and his objective and climaxing in a stunningly shot chase through LA's storm drains that is even better than the similar finale of The Third Man, this is an above average but below classic noir that is only let down by the pretty awful public domain copies that are floating around - aside from the Region 1 US NTSC and PAL French releases from MGM/UA, none are good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good performance from basehart 9 Feb 2013
By Thomas
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above averidge b film well worth watching if your into oldish film noire this film companys quality is terrible though so i had to return for full refund great seller though this same movie has been out on dvd in much better quality i will have to track it down!
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
It's known to the Police Department of one of our largest cities as the most difficult homicide case in its experience. Principally because of the diabolical cleverness, intelligence and cunning of a completely unknown killer.....The record is set down here factually-as it happened. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Cracking little Noir picture this one. Richard Baseheart is Davis Morgan, a cold and calculated thief and murderer. He is not only unknown to the police, but also to the Los Angeles underworld. Something which made him a terrifying ghost on the streets. Based on the real life case of cop-killer come thief Erwin Walker, who in 1946 struck terror into the heart of LA, He Walked By Night zips along at a frenetic pace but maintains all the darkness requisites of the Film Noir genre. Directed by Alfred Walker (aided by one uncredited Anthony Mann) and also starring Jack Webb (who used the piece as inspiration for the popular "Dragnet" TV series), the picture has excellent use of shadows and a brilliant finale down in the Los Angeles drainage system. Where the sound of guns and running feet is just ferocious.

Baseheart is suitably chilling as a man coming unhinged by the day, whilst a home surgery sequence shows Baseheart to have had no small amount of ability. It's notable with Morgan's character that it's people he just doesn't like, there's a very telling scene with his dog that is sweet but at the same time saying so much about the man himself. This film reminded me very much of Edward Dmytryk's similarly fine 1952 film, The Sniper. So much so I'd say that as a double bill they be perfect for each other. With added plot worth in the form of early police forensics (check out the photo fit technique) and a largely unknown support cast adding a raw reality to proceedings, He Walked By Night comes highly recommended to fans of the Noir and Crime genres. 8/10
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"This is a true story. It is known to the Police Department of one of our largest cities as the most difficult homicide case in its experience, principally because of the diabolical cleverness, intelligence and cunning of a completely unknown killer..."

Shortly after WWII in Los Angeles, an off-duty policeman on his way home, late at night, stops a well-dressed young man on a deserted street he spotted loitering in front of an electronics store. He asks what the young man was doing and requests some identification. The young man says he was walking home. Since he says he forgot his wallet, he asks if the policeman would be satisfied with his discharge papers. The policeman says yes. The young man smiles, reaches under his jacket, pulls out a pistol and carefully shoots the policeman three times at point blank range.

He Walked By Night is the story of Roy Martin (Richard Basehart) an asocial, smart killer who is brilliant with electronics, thinks ahead, prepares for emergencies and doesn't mind killing. It's also the story of the Los Angeles' police department's step-by-step search for this killer who has no record and seems always to be ahead of the cops. The search is led by Sergeant Marty Brennan (Scott Brady), a man who saw his partner gunned down and paralyzed in a shoot-out with Martin and who is grimly and doggedly determined to find him.

Just another Forties' police procedural? Not exactly. While it is burdened with one of those Reed Hadley voice-over narrations, carefully modulated and as phony as a Hollywood producer's handshake, the movie is exceptional in several ways.

First, the combination of Anthony Mann, the primary but uncredited director, and John Alton, the photographer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tense 31 Mar 2009
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The film starts with Roy (Richard Basehart) killing a policeman. No-one deserves to die but this policeman was on his way home so what was he doing interfering with someone else's business, especially as we are told his dying words were "he seemed such a nice kid". Well, what was he doing stopping him then? Anyway, the film follows the police department's search for the killer. They have little to work on and Roy is quite a prolific offender.

This started off with one of those annoying narration intros by someone who sounds like he is a cartoon character narrating "Whacky Races". The cast are good with Richard Basehart standing out in the lead role. There are many memorable scenes including the beginning sequence where Roy shoots the jobsworth policeman, the scene where Roy removes the bullet from where he has been shot - you can feel the pain, and the end sequence from when Roy is in his house and he senses the police closing in which includes a memorable chase through the sewers. I can't remember any music being played during the film and this adds to the realism and tension in every scene.

It's a good film that's worth watching again and it's based on a true story.
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