- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 15, 2003
- Originally Released: 1948
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 11/15/1996
"...Memorable....Engrossing..." -- Rating: B+
USA Today - 09/03/1993
"...A famous 'B' about an L.A. cop killer..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Based on one of the most notorious, unsolved cases in Los Angeles' police history, He Walked by Night stars Richard Basehart as the intelligent and cunning criminal who kills a cop, steals electronic equipment and robs liquor stores without leaving a clue. The Police Department persists in their search for him, systematically using the latest scientific methods of detection. The culprit is finally identified, leading to a frenetic pursuit through the massive drainage system beneath the streets of L.A. The documentary-like style and no-nonsense tone of He Walked by Night would serve as a blueprint for actor/director Jack Webb's "Dragnet." Webb, who portrays a crime lab investigator, bonded offscreen with Sgt. Marty Wynn, a technical advisor on the film and was subsequently invited to review L.A.P.D. case files. In 1949, "Dragnet" would debut on radio and would soon be followed by the successful and popular TV series.
A burglar becomes a cold-blooded cop killer and is hunted down on the streets of Los Angeles. The men in blue manage to track their suspect down into the bowels of the city--the labyrinth sewer system. Noir veteran Anthony Mann, though uncredited, co-directed the film. Well-done and supposedly an inspiration for Jack Webb's Dragnet TV series.
Film Noir |
Theatrical Release |
- This police thriller was the inspiration for cast member Jack Webb's classic TV show "Dragnet." The film even includes this famous line: "The names have been changed to protect the innocent."