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Crime by Night (1944)

Detective Sam Campbell and his perky sidekick Robby Vance are called in on a routine child support dispute. Things take an unexpected turn when the client's ex-father-in-law, the head of a ... See full summary »

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William Clemens

Writers:

Richard Weil (screenplay), Joel Malone (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Wyman ... Robbie Vance
Jerome Cowan ... Sam Campbell
Faye Emerson ... Ann Marlow
Charles Lang ... Paul Goff
Eleanor Parker ... Irene Carr
Stuart Crawford ... Larry Borden
Cy Kendall ... Sheriff Max Ambers
Charles C. Wilson ... District Attorney Hyatt (as Charles Wilson)
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Storyline

Detective Sam Campbell and his perky sidekick Robby Vance are called in on a routine child support dispute. Things take an unexpected turn when the client's ex-father-in-law, the head of a chemical plant with a war contract to make a secret formula, is the victim of an axe murder. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El crimen de la noche See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on Geoffrey Homes book "Forty Whacks". See more »

Quotes

Ann Marlow: We have a lot in common, don't we?
Robbie Vance: Common is right.
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Soundtracks

Two Tables Apart
(1944) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Altman (unconfirmed)
Lyrics by Kim Gannon (unconfirmed)
Performed by Charles Lang in the hotel cocktail lounge
Partially sung and whistled by Jerome Cowan
Also played instrumentally in the hotel lounge
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Jane, where did you go?
10 November 2002 | by SycotronSee all my reviews

Jane Wyman is given top billing on screen but she sits out most of the movie off screen. It's left up to her co-star Jerome Cowan to carry the load. He has a certain oily/sleazy charm but I wouldn't like to have my life or freedom depend on his detective abilities. It was amusing to observe the way he did anything he felt appropriate to help his client. No matter the legality of it. Hiding witnesses, disturbing evidence at a crime scene, and even downright stealing evidence right from the Sheriff's office.

This movie must be noted for having one of the bloodiest crime scenes in a pre-1960's film. It's a wonder the censors passed it.


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