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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 76
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Film noirSub-Category: Film noir, Thriller, Crime Fiction, DramaNarrative location: Los AngelesRuntime: 79 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: English, Spanish, Chinese languageCountry: USA, United KingdomFilming location: Los AngelesDirector: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony MannScreenwriter: John C. Higgins, Crane WilburCinematography: John AltonStars: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Jack Webb, Whit Bissell, Jack Bailey, Reed Hadley, Robert Bice, Roy RobertsProducer: Bryan FoyAward details: (details at IMDb)
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He Walked by Night is a 1948 black-and-white police procedural film noir, directed by Alfred L. Werker and Anthony Mann. The film, shot in semidocumentary tone, was loosely based on newspaper accounts of the real-life actions of Erwin "Machine-Gun" Walker, a former Glendale California police department employee and World War II veteran who unleashed a crime spree of burglaries, robberies, and shootouts in the Los Angeles area during 1945 and 1946. During production, one of the actors, Jack Webb, struck up a friendship with the police technical advisor, Detective Sergeant Marty Wynn, and was inspired by a conversation with Wynn to create the radio and later television program Dragnet. He Walked by Night was released by Eagle-Lion Films and is notable for the camera work by renowned noir cinematographer John Alton. Today the film is in public domain.


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