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He Walked By Night

Posted by martinteller on January 17, 2007

A decent detective thriller gets elevated by its superb sewer chase ending (that actually predates The Third Man).  This film was the inspiration for “Dragnet”, which shows in the narration and the attention to police work.  It’s unusual how much it focuses on the police, actually, and it works both for and against the movie.  Some of the stuff isn’t that interesting (although perhaps it might have been to a 1948 audience), on the other hand the fact that there’s no half-assed attempt to explain the killer’s psychology is kind of refreshing.  The highlight is without a doubt the sewer scene, the low point is the corny voice-over.  Rating: 8

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