They Live by Night

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Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having... read more

Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, who aren’t about to let him go straight, they realize there’s nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider’s sensibility honed in the theater to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come.

Original Release

08/06/1948

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Cast

Directors

Nicholas Ray

Writers

Nicholas Ray, Charles Schnee, Edward Anderson

Cast

Cathy O'Donnell Keechie
Farley Granger Bowie
Howard Da Silva Chickamaw
Jay C. Flippen T-Dub
Helen Craig Mattie
Will Wright Mobley
William Phipps Young Farmer
Ian Wolfe Hawkins
Harry Harvey Hagenheimer
Marie Bryant Singer
Will Lee Jeweler
James Nolan Schreiber (as Jim Nolan)
Charles Meredith Comm. Hubbell
Teddy Infuhr Alvin
Byron Foulger Lambert
Guy Beach Plumber (as Guy L. Beach)
Paul Bakanas Shadow
Lewis Charles Auto Lot Attendant
Curt Conway Man in Tuxedo
Boyd Davis Herman

Producers

Dore Schary Executive Producer
John Houseman Producer
Dore Schary Producer

Editors

Sherman Todd

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