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He Walked by Night (1948) was a Film Noir - Drama Film directed by Anthony Mann and Alfred L. Werker and produced by Robert Kane and Bryan Foy.

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Richard Basehart in He Walked By Night (1948) – Noir’s most impenetrable psychopath

By Carol Martinheira on Nov 10, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Richard Basehart in He Walked By Night (1948) – Noir’s most impenetrable psychopath On November 10, 2018November 10, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized Despite its sensational title, He Walked by Night (1948, dir. Alfred L.?Werker, Anthony Mann) is not one of th... Read full article

He Walked By Night…

By Carol Martinheira on Aug 20, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

He Walked By Night… On August 20, 2018August 20, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized One of the most under-appreciated?villains (anti-hero?) in noir, Richard Basehart in He Walked By Night (1948). More on that in Noirvember. Advertisements ... Read full article

Film Noir Review: He Walked by Night (1948)

By Danilo Castro on Oct 9, 2017 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

“Police work is not all glamour and excitement and glory. There are days and days of routine, of tedious probing, of tireless searching.” Rarely have a director and cinematographer worked as succinctly as Anthony Mann and John Alton. During the late 1940s, they collaborated on a series o... Read full article

Creepy Antihero: He Walked by Night (1948)

By Judy on Apr 2, 2016 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

**Minor spoilers only** There’s much to appreciate about the police procedural noir, He Walked by Night, in which a crafty thief (Richard Basehart) kills an LA cop and then eludes the force aligned against him, altering his targets and appearance to outwit his pursuers. The focus moves back an... Read full article

"He Walked by Night" and the Dawn of "Dragnet"

By David on Jun 3, 2013 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

In 1948, Jack Webb was an actor with a couple of small movie roles under his belt. If he was known at all, it was for his radio work, especially "Pat Novak for Hire," a detective series where he played the title role. The show was really a parody of the genre -- Novak spoke dialogue intentionally a... Read full article

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Technical advisor for the film was Sgt. Marty Wynn of the Los Angeles Police Dept. During the course of shooting he fell into conversation with Jack Webb, then the star of radio's "Jeff Regan, Private Investigator", who had a small part in the film. Wynn suggested that Webb do a radio series based on actual police files. Thus was born the idea for "Dragnet," which debuted on NBC radio about four months after this film was released.
This film served as something of a template for "Dragnet," which debuted on radio the following year, right down to the "this is the city" style opening narration, and the fact that a disclaimer appears at the beginning informing the audience that the names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Part of the film was directed (uncredited) by Anthony Mann.
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