He Walked by Night
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The "He" of the title is Richard Basehart, a clever but psychopathic burglar (based on real-life criminal Erwin Walker) Basehart stays one step ahead of the law by listening in to the police band on his radio. To avoid detection, he changes his M.O. on each crime, making it seem that the string of burglaries is the work of several thieves. But Basehart trips himself up when he kills a cop. His own personal Waterloo occurs in the Los Angeles sewer system--a stylish predecessor to the similar (and more widely praised) climax in Sir Carol Reed's The Third Man. Though the direction… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is one of my favorite films noir, made on the cheap at Eagle-Lion Films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The credits indicate Alfred L. Werker only, but this thriller is of a piece with the noir circle of T-Men and Raw Deal, courtesy of an uncredited Anthony Mann."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"One of the most nasty-minded, brutal dramas in a genre noted for - practically defined by - its overwhelming nihilism."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Stylishly presented."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A visual high point of film noir."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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