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A cunning and intelligent cold-blooded killer evades a massive police investigation in this true-life drama.
This gritty and often chilling documentary-style noir (based on a true story) about the hunt for a cop killer in Los Angeles is a must-have for fans of vintage crime films. Richard Basehart stars as a cold-blooded thief whose murder of a police officer sets off a citywide manhunt; the law, led by granite-jawed Scott Brady, tracks him relentlessly until the pair square off in the shadow-steeped drainage canals beneath the city (the same locale for the finale of Them!). Though Alfred Werker is credited as director, noir and Western vet Anthony Mann actually helmed the majority of the film; his muscular direction lends palpable suspense to the picture, aided in no small part by longtime collaborators John C. Higgins (who co-wrote the script) and cinematographer John Alton, whose Germanic-influenced lighting creates an otherworldly atmosphere. Supporting cast member Jack Webb borrowed the no-nonsense, semi-documentary approach for Dragnet. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a great old classic film noir. However try and find a better copy somewhere else. This edition I bought is from Alpha Video. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DermotB
a super older mystery movie. highly recommended. one of the all time best.Published 2 months ago by robert
Fab movie, Jack Webb prelude to Dragnet. Great acting all around , Basehart start in films Great script, Why Oldies. Read morePublished 14 months ago by aaron
Roy Martin (Richard Basehart) is as cold as an ice pick and as ruthless as teflon. Martin is a burglar, an extortionist, and worst of all, he's a cop killer. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Steven Hellerstedt
In response to Jammmer's (from Wyoming) review, let me begin by saying that the prerequisite for liking this movie has nothing to do with "Dragnet. Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by yarborough
Well--some reviewers consider "He Walked By Night" a masterpiece--at least one other reviewer called it "pathetic". Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004 by peterfromkanata
This reviewer bought this 'docu-melodrama' based on these reviews, not knowing the prerequisite to enjoy this "masterpiece of American cinema" is to regard Jack Webb's "Dragnet" as... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by jammer
I think mostly everything that needs to be said about this particular film noir classic has been said before, in other previous reviews. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Gate67