HE WALKED BY NIGHT
DIRECTOR: ALFRED WERKER & ANTHONY MANN
CAST: RICHARD BASEHART, SCOTT BRADY, ROY ROBERTS
An uncredited Mann pulled his weight on this lean thriller, but real star billing must go to cinematographer John Alton, who is to noir shadow what Michelangelo is to marble. A thief turned cop killer (Richard Basehart) is on the loose in Los Angeles, and to get him the LAPD unleashes a no-stone-unturned manhunt which ends with a knockout subterranean chase. This little film’s reportorial, semidocumentary style would go on to have an outsized influence, not least on star Jack Webb, whose Dragnet series it inspired.
Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation.