He Walked by Night

Synopsis: In the Post-World War II, in Los Angeles, a criminal shots and kills a police officer in the middle of the night. Without any leads, the chief of the LAPD assigns Sgt. Chuck Jones and Sgt. Marty Brennan to investigate the murder and apprehend the culprits. When the dealer of electronics devices, Paul Reeves, is caught selling a stolen projector, the police identifies the criminal, and connects him to other unsolved robberies. Using the witnesses of his heists, they draw their face, but the true identity of the smart and intelligent criminal is not disclosed. The perseverance of Sgt. Marty Brennan in his investigation gives a clue where he might live.
Production: Eagle-Lion
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes:
83%
APPROVED
Year:
1948
79 min
55 Views


I see. Is that all?

Thank you very much.

Anything else I can do,

I'll be glad to help you.

We may call you.

Get his name and address, will you, Bob?

- This door been checked, Lee?

- Yeah, it's okay, Captain.

- Find anything?

- Nothing but some smudges so far.

Found this in the glove compartment.

I think it's nitroglycerine.

Doesn't look quite right.

- Check it down at the lab.

- Right.

Come on.

Open this up, Joe.

- No key, Captain.

- Pry it open.

Give me that bar, Frank.

Regular arsenal.

- Yeah, and get a load of that.

- What is it?

I don't know. It looks like

some kind of an electrical device.

United States Navy.

Either stolen or war surplus.

Send this to the lab and check

the serial number on that Navy equipment.

- Yes, sir.

- Captain Breen.

We found these in the weeds

over by the radio store.

- What have you got?

- A pair of cloth gloves, Captain.

He thought of everything, didn't he?

- Give them to one of the technicians.

- Yes, sir.

Marty, you and Chuck come along with me.

Let's go downtown and see

what they've picked up in the dragnet.

You know him, Marty?

Yeah.

I know his wife, too.

Ever since high school.

Captain, I wish you'd let Chuck and me

handle this case.

All right. But I don't want any dead heroes.

I just want the man who shot Rowlins.

The suspects began to arrive

at headquarters in droves.

The police tossed every motel and hotel

and many private homes...

in a four-square-mile area

around the scene of the shooting.

Every available radio car, patrolman,

and detective was out on the dragnet.

The strings were being drawn

tighter and tighter.

Many a man returning from a date,

a late party, or a poker game...

surprisingly found himself in a squad car...

its sirens screaming as it brought him

to the detective bureau.

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Crane Wilbur

Crane Wilbur (November 17, 1886 – October 18, 1973) was an American writer, actor and director for stage, radio and screen. He was born in Athens, New York. Wilbur is best remembered for playing Harry Marvin in The Perils of Pauline. He died in Toluca Lake, California.He was a prolific writer and director of at least 67 films from the silent era into the sound era, but it was as an actor that he found lasting recognition, particularly playing opposite Pearl White in the iconoclastic serial The Perils of Pauline. He brought to the first motion pictures merry eyes, a great, thick crop of wavy, black hair and an athlete's interest in swimming and horseback riding. Twelve years of stage experience prepared him for his venture into the new art of silent motion pictures. He was one of the first to explore the techniques required to communicate through the wordless shadows of the movies. more…

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