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The Crime Films of Anthony Mann$
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Max Alvarez

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039249

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039249.001.0001

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He Walked By Night1 (1948)

He Walked By Night1 (1948)

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The Crime Films of Anthony Mann

Max Alvarez

University Press of Mississippi

A mystery overshadowing Anthony Mann’s Hollywood career – his uncredited direction of He Walked By Night – is investigated and solved in this chapter. Although credited to Alfred Werker, the police manhunt thriller has long been assumed to be the work of Mann. Through interviews with and testimonies of people who either knew Mann or worked on the film (dialogue director Stewart Stern, filmmaker and Mann scholar Jean-Claude Missiaen), the chapter confirms that Mann was responsible for at least 22% of the policier. His sequences are predictably the most memorable: the murder of a policeman, attempts to trap the killer (Richard Basehart), and the striking climax filmed in the storm drains of Los Angeles. This superb climactic pursuit, which cinematographer John Alton photographs magnificently with low-key source lighting, both predates and surpasses the more famous entrapment of Orson Welles in the Vienna sewers of Carol Reed’s The Third Man the following year.

Keywords:   Werker, Missiaen, policier, Alton, Welles, Stewart Stern

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