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Title: He Walked by Night (1948)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 06, 2017, 09:32:20 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040427/

He Walked by Night (1948)

A police procedural noir, based on a true story, about a dangerous "lone wolf" criminal (Richard Basehart) being hunted by the Los Angeles Police Department.


Also featuring:
  
    Scott Brady as Sgt. Marty Brennan
    Roy Roberts as Captain Breen
    Whit Bissell as Paul Reeves
    James Cardwell as Sgt. Chuck Jones
    Jack Webb as Lee


I give this an 8/10, which I believe is the highest rating I've ever given a police procedural (unless you consider The Naked City a police procedural). The police procedural stuff is annoying, and Scott Brady is atrocious as the supposed co-star; (although, thankfully, his captain, Roy Roberts, probably does more of the poice work and is onscreen for as much time as Brady is). Basehart is a very memorable noir villain – this is not a typical, conflicted "in over his head" noir character; this is a crook, plain and simple.

How does Basehart's character hide and elude the police? By diving into LA's underground storm drains – in a movie released a year before Orson Welle's character used a similar tactic in The Third Man.

There's also an extended scene of Basehart in the bathroom doing surgery on himself to remove a bullet; perhaps this was an inspiration for Javier Bardem's character in No Country for Old Men.

This movie is available in a nice-looking MGM DVD, though there are no bonus features. There's also an atrocious disc from Alpha Video; forget about that. There's also a Region 2 DVD from the German company Koch Media. Beaver's page here http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare2/hewalkedbynight.htm


The MDM DVD s out of print, and the rare copies available are listed online for very high prices. I finally found someone selling it on amazon.co.uk for pretty cheap (under $20 including shipping to USA) so I bought it ... and just a few days later, I find out (thanks to a post by Novocento) that a BRD will be released in the fall.

The MGM BRD looks very nice, but I don't think there are any bonus features. I'll wait to see the reports on the BRD before deciding whether to double-dip.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/He-Walked-by-Night-Blu-ray/178067/

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=22010

http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=289003


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Title: Re: He Walked by Night (1948)
Post by: XhcnoirX on September 07, 2017, 11:09:19 AM
ClassicFlix will also release T-Men (1947) and Raw Deal (1948)... T-Men will have an audio commentary and some other bonus features... Fingers crossed the same goes for Raw Deal and He Walked By Night... Good times!


Title: Re: He Walked by Night (1948)
Post by: Jessica Rabbit on September 07, 2017, 01:27:07 PM
Xh, do you have any idea if Raw Deal will be remastered? It's one of my favorites, I have a mediocre copy and I don't think there are any restored versions out there. That would be so exciting.


Title: Re: He Walked by Night (1948)
Post by: XhcnoirX on September 07, 2017, 01:45:06 PM
Xh, do you have any idea if Raw Deal will be remastered? It's one of my favorites, I have a mediocre copy and I don't think there are any restored versions out there. That would be so exciting.

Time to get excited, JR... Did some digging just now, and via: https://www.classicflix.com/blog/2017/02/20/more-classicflix-raw-deal-t-men-you-only-live-once-and-more
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Film Noir fans should note that with Raw Deal and T-Men part of this deal, combined with another Anthony Mann/John Alton collaboration we’ve licensed (and will announce shortly [He Walked By Night]), a Mann/Alton set is likely to come to fruition.

We’ve accessed BFI prints for both Raw Deal and T-Men and will have more information regarding the potential set in the near future.


Title: Re: He Walked by Night (1948)
Post by: Jessica Rabbit on September 07, 2017, 02:13:10 PM
Thanks! Can't wait.


Title: Re: He Walked by Night (1948)
Post by: Novecento on September 08, 2017, 08:58:01 AM
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...a Mann/Alton set is likely to come to fruition.

We’ve accessed BFI prints for both Raw Deal and T-Men and will have more information regarding the potential set in the near future.

I wonder if we'll get all of the below:

1947: T-Men
1948: Raw Deal
1948: He Waked by Night
1949: Border Incident
1949: Reign of Terror
1950: Devil's Doorway

That would be so great.


Title: Re: He Walked by Night (1948)
Post by: Jessica Rabbit on September 08, 2017, 11:35:31 AM
Border Incident is part of Warner's Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 3. It's a good print.


Title: Re: He Walked by Night (1948)
Post by: cigar joe on September 08, 2017, 02:16:19 PM
Already have:

1947: T-Men
1948: Raw Deal
1948: He Waked by Night
1949: Border Incident

All are pretty good prints.